Joe Garone Named Pikes Peak International Raceway COO
As COO, Garone will grow the business while expanding the venue’s cultural music and motorsports festival-style offerings
Motorsports executive Joe Garone has accepted the chief operating officer position at Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR), located in Fountain.
The Denver native, who served last season as president of Spire Motorsport’s No. 77 NASCAR Cup Series team, will continue his relationship with Spire Sports & Entertainment to obtain sponsorship for both Spire and PPIR events and programs.
Prior to joining Spire Motorsports in 2019, Garone was president and general manager of the former Furniture Row Racing team. His unique vision was the catalyst that helped build the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series championship-winning team with driver Martin Truex Jr.
Garone’s objectives as PPIR’s new COO include growing the business while expanding the venue’s cultural music and motorsports festival-style offerings.
“We are very excited to have Joe join the team at PPIR. He brings a wealth of experience that will undoubtedly help us grow our event business and motorsport offerings," says Bob Boileau, president of PPIR.
Garone also brings the Falci Adaptive Motorsports program home to Colorado, which will now be based out of PPIR. The state-of-the-art program pioneered by Dr. Scott Falci allows mobility challenged individuals to drive an 850-horsepower NASCAR cup car hands-and-foot free.
“I’m beyond excited to return to Colorado and play a key role in enhancing the unique events already taking place at Pikes Peak International Raceway,” Garone says. “Our goal is to build a strong foundation that will allow us to entice even larger talent to provide world-class entertainment for our audiences.”
Garone is equally excited to have a new home for the Falci Adaptive Motorsports cars. “We now have the ability to build this program year-round to create additional experiences for mobility challenged individuals,” he says. The program will have a notable presence at PPIR’s annual festivals and events.
Pikes Peak International Raceway is Colorado’s premier venue for cultural music and automotive events. Located in Fountain, south of Colorado Springs, the site is open to the public year-round hosting a variety of festivals and concerts. PPIR also offers performance driving programs, training and corporate experiences. The 1,300-acre property includes a banked one-mile oval, 1.3-mile road course, ⅛-mile drag strip and multi-functional meeting spaces.
Falci Adaptive Motorsports is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing adaptive motorsports and the rapid advancements in adaptive technology. For those individuals who have been injured from a spinal cord injury, increased mobility and independence are key to quality of life. Through partnerships with several companies and organizations, Falci Adaptive Motorsports helps to move people with physical disabilities and paralysis forward to gaining independence.