News has reached DSC that Performance Tech Motorsports’s crew chief Frankie Parzych passed away on Monday from a heart attack at the age of 58.
New York born Parzych was part of the IMSA outfit since its foundation. He joined friend and Team Principal Brent O’Neill in the early 1990s as a customer but stayed on as help for the race shop that became an IMSA sports car racing mainstay while working as a landscape arcihitecht.
“Frankie was my best friend and my brother,” O’Neill said. “Performance Tech is a family. Losing Frankie is a loss to everyone who has ever been a part of this family, regardless of job or title. He will be missed by everyone. This team would not have had the success it had without his genuine care and hard work.
“He always had a smile on his face, and he made everyone else smile, too. He was a hard worker; he’d do anything for anybody. We’ve supported a lot of kids and people over the years, every charity event you can think of he was there to support them. He was always there for us, no matter what the situation.
“This was so sudden. We’re all going to be numb for a while. I’m so proud of my daughter Danielle for rushing him to the hospital. She’s a strong girl, and he loved her like she was his daughter. Knowing she was there for him at that moment is something I’ll have comfort in through this time.”
Parzych is survived by his mother, Gail; sisters, Kim and Georgia; brothers, Chris and John; and girlfriend, Mary Lou.
DSC sends its sincere condolences to Parzych’s family and friends at this time.
Photo courtesy of Performance Tech