The Performance Tech Motorsports Prototype team, along with the IMSA paddock, is mourning the death of Frankie Parzych, who died from a heart attack on Monday. Parzych, Performance Tech’s longstanding crew chief, was 58.
“Frankie was my best friend and my brother,” said team owner Brent O’Neill, who saw Parzych go from customer to team leader. “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.”
Indy Lights championship leader Pato O’Ward, who won IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship PC title in 2017 with Parzych in charge of the No. 38 ORECA FLM09-Chevy, also shared his condolences for the New York native.
“RIP Frankie,” he wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for always welcoming me with open hands. Thank you for never doubting me. Thank you for your hard work. And most of all, thank you for your enormous heart caring and taking care of the Performance Tech Crew as you did for so many years, including me the past 2 years. You will be missed.”