The shop where Alan Kulwicki
practically lived has not housed a Winston Cup team for
several years. Credit: Sean Jackson, TSI
By Ryan Smithson, Turner Sports
Interactive April 1, 2003
11:08 AM EST (1608 GMT)
CONCORD, N.C. ? It's pretty hard to stop thinking
about something tragic when constant reminders are
An entire decade, it seems, has not given Paul
Andrews much reprieve from thinking of Alan Kulwicki --
or the shop where a dozen or so guys practically lived.
|The Lowe's Motor Speedway
backstretch is visible from the shop. Credit:
Sean Jackson, TSI|
Andrews, Kuwicki's crew chief from 1988 until
Kuwicki's death in 1993, still lives near the old Alan
Kulwicki Racing shop.
He still lives in the same house he did then, even as
he went to work at DEI as Steve Park's crew chief, 20
miles away in Mooresville.
Now, he works at Roush Racing in Concord as Jeff
Burton's crew chief -- a short drive away from
Kulwicki's old shop.
When Andrews worked at Alan Kulwicki Racing, his kids
were in elementary school. Now, he is getting ready to
send one to college.
He drives by the building nearly every day, and he
sees his old co-workers every weekend. Sometimes he even
sees Kulwicki's family.
|Credit: Sean Jackson,
"Whenever I see him (Gerald, Alan's father) at the
racetrack, I say hi," Andrews said. "We get together
during the winter. They still have (Alan's) house."
Kulwicki's old race shop, located right behind the
mammoth backstretch at Lowe's Motor Speedway, sits
The shop went through several owners after Kulwicki's
death in the crash of a private airplane. Geoff Bodine
Racing inhabited it until Bodine sold his team to Jim
Mattei Motorsports became Ultra Motorsports in 2000,
owner Jim Smith moved the operation and the building has
been nearly empty since then.
|| A man of
Only Gary Preziozi -- a former Alan Kulwicki Racing
engine builder -- remains in the old building. He runs
GP Racing Engines out of the old shop, selling engines
to various Busch Series and Truck Series teams.
He's all alone in the shop -- he runs his engine
dynos during the day, and the only person who can hear
it is himself.
To Preziozi, the shop is home away from home. He
worked in the shop from 1991 to 1996. It was Kulwicki
who gave Preziozi his break into Winston Cup.
|Credit: Sean Jackson,
But even Preziozi is soon to leave -- he's about to
move his engine shop to another location.
"I'll miss this place," Preziozi said. "The place is
empty. I am the only one in it."
Even so, Kulwicki's presence -- 10 years later --
"(Alan's old office) is still there," Preziozi said.
"It's kind of weird. We have got all of Alan's old
equipment. All the engine equipment never left the shop.
"It made it through four owners."