Meet Our Team

The Heart of PPIR

Joe Garone

Chief Operating Officer

A Denver, Colorado native, Joe’s lengthy NASCAR career began with Denver’s own Rick Carelli. After gaining a wealth of knowledge as Carelli’s Crew Chief, Joe moved on to Bill Elliott Racing. Starting as a suspension specialist for crew chief Mike Beam, he was soon given the opportunity to Crew Chief Elliott himself, an honor that couldn’t be refused. After spending four full-time seasons with Bill Elliott Racing (1995-1998), Garone joined PPI Motorsports working as General Manager and Crew Chief, helping guide PPI’s venture into NASCAR as a two-car Cup effort, this included the No. 32 Tide Ford and the No. 96 McDonald’s Ford. After the untimely death of Dale Earnhardt, Joe was hired as NASCAR’s Director of Research & Development responsible for developing the business-plan, hiring engineering staff and starting their initial safety programs. He was later named NASCAR’s Director of officiating, building a comprehensive Officiating and Training program. Joe then accepted the position of President and General Manager for 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. Today, working as Pikes Peak International Raceway’s Chief Operating Officer, he leads a team of highly skilled individuals that develop music, motorsports and entertainment events at the ever-evolving, scenic facility. Prior to accepting his COO position, he acted as President of Spire Motorsports’ No. 77 NASCAR cup series team. He continues his relationship with Spire Sports & Entertainment. Utilizing the two entities together ultimately offers sponsorship opportunities across a broad platform of exciting, new festival-style events.

Jeanette Negri

Director of Motorsports

Jeanette discovered her passion for grassroots motorsports unexpectedly. In 2015, she was involved in a car accident, in which she took fault. She participated in her first Autocross with the intention of becoming a more aware and safer driver. It didn’t take long for Jeanette to become attached to the adrenaline, problem-solving and personal development aspects of performance driving. Jeanette grew in grassroots motorsports, competing with her 2017 Subaru BRZ Series. Yellow in multiple Autocross and Time Trial Series (including PPIR’s own Track Attack and Gridlife’s Alpine Horizon Fest). She currently holds her SCCA Advance Time Trials License and NASA TT License. Impressed by the support, people and community in grassroots motorsports, Jeanette is committed to keeping motorsports strong in Colorado. In 2019, she left her corporate career and joined the PPIR team. Using her corporate knowledge and experience, her goal is to create more access to motorsports and develop programs that encourage and support participation.

Heather Fitzpatrick

Event Coordinator

Colorado Springs native Heather Fitzpatrick has always had a passion for event planning and fast cars. When she was offered a position that combined the two at PPIR, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity. When she isn’t spending time at the track, she’s walking her dog, spending quality time with her son, parents and best friends. She also loves to read, hike and when her schedule allows for it, travel.

Alisha Framel

Administrative Assistant

Alisha Framel was born and raised in Colorado. She served four years with the Navy stationed in Hawaii as a Cryptologic Technician. She started working for PPIR as a seasonal staff member before coming on fulltime in 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, listening to music and dancing.

Tommy Boileau

Chief Driving Instructor

Tommy Boileau is a third generation American racecar driver. Born into a racing family, Tommy and his twin brother Bobby got their start at a very young age, and immediately found success. After winning numerous karting championships, Tommy made the leap into full-bodied sports cars at the ripe age of 14 years old. (The youngest in the country at the time.) As the years progressed, so did his career, competing in a variety of cars around the country including competition in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship at the age of 16. Tommy has tested and or raced almost every car one can imagine, including Global Rallycross Cars, Indy Cars, NASCARs, Aussie V8 Supercars, and even Big Rig Trucks. Tommy Is also a highly sought after driving instructor, working for prestigious schools, such as The Bob Bondurant School, The BMW Performance Driving Center and the Richard Petty Driving Experience.  When Tommy isn’t behind the wheel, his hobbies include playing hockey, riding mountain bikes, golfing, and playing video games.

Steve Putzstuck

Motorsport Event Manager

Facilities Manager

Yancy Cochran

Sam Dickison

Dallas Ramirez

Mark Black