Danica Patrick may end up with Ryan Newman's crew chief in 2013, but Stewart-Haas Racing claims that nothing has been officially decided at this point. Rumors about the change have increased since Newman received a sponsorship deal with Quicken Loans. Greg Zipadelli, who joined Stewart-Haas Racing in 2012, is Patrick's current crew chief. However, the team is allegedly interested in having Zipadelli focus more on his role as competition director.
Will Tony Gibson become Patrick's Next Crew Chief?
Speculation continues surrounding the possibility that Ryan Newman's crew chief, Tony Gibson, will switch to supporting Danica Patrick in the 2013 Sprint Cup. Both Newman and Patrick plan on running the full schedule next year, and the rumors have intensified after the announcement that Quicken Loans would sponsor Ryan Newman.
Greg Zipadelli, the current crew chief for Danica Patrick, previously mentioned, "We feel like that's the best thing to do is surround Danica with a really great group of people that don't normally make mistakes. They don't have issues." Zipadelli is also the competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing and may be interested in focusing more on this role next year.
Ryan Newman's Options in 2013
The possibility of losing his crew chief in 2013 has not fazed Ryan Newman who has not provided a clear response to the situation. Newman may end up with a brand new crew chief and team for the 2013 Sprint Cup Series. Stewart-Haas Racing has been reported to be searching for Tony Gibson's replacement because the decision to have three cars run full-time in the Sprint Cup requires more personnel.
Ryan Newman's performance this year seems to have had a strong influence on the team's search for a change because he missed the Chase. Greg Zipadelli's remarks about the crew for Ryan Newman indicate that he sees problems, "[F]our years, and we've either got to pick that program up or it's going to blow up." Stewart-Haas Racing believes that the changes may benefit him next year, yet it is important to note that Newman may not have the ability to provide a lot of input in this case.
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