Meet Our Team
Cars and Racing is in our blood.
Bob Boileau is the man behind the wheel at PPIR; not only has he been behind-the-wheel as a competitor, but as the President of the company. He has the distinction of winning the inaugural race at Pikes Peak International Raceway on June 14, 1997. Bob oversees all operations at PPIR, serving as General Manager starting in 2009, and as President since 2014. Bob brings over twenty years of management experience in the automobile and heavy highway/bridge construction industries to help him lead the expansion and growth of PPIR. He is well known in the area and works closely with several community organizations. He also maintains a good working relationship with the local municipalities. Motorsports has always been an integral part of Bob’s life. Bob is a second-generation driver who began racing in 1982. Bob’s late father, known as “Honda Bob” was the first person to build and race a Honda in the US. Bob and his wife Kim met at a racetrack as kids and were married in 1989. They have twin sons, Bobby and Tommy, that have continued the “Boileau Racing” tradition. Bobby now serves in the US Army, and Tommy is an active race car driver and sought after instructor. Bob has won numerous championships over the years including the prestigious SCCA National Championship Runoffs in 2009. Bob has his thumb on the pulse of motorsports in the Pikes Peak Region and is always open to new and creative ideas.
Mike has been with PPIR since 2008 serving as the facility manager, and PPIR hopes to keep him around for another 20 years. He is a jack of all trades, who knows the facility like the back of his hand, and keeps everything running in tip-top shape. Mike has always been a car aficionado starting out with restoring several ’55 and ’56 Crown Victoria’s as well as other old cars. He later caught the racing bug and began racing dirt cars, then drag racing, followed by paved oval racing in the region. Mike has lived in Colorado all his life, where he met his wife Sheila and raised their family, and ran his own plumbing business for many years before joining the team at PPIR.
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.
Director of Sales
Dana Kahlhamer joined the team in 2017 to lead the sales effort at PPIR. She is relatively new to the motorsports industry but she comes to us from a long and successful career in the hospitality industry. She started in a family owned restaurant at the age of 9 and didn’t look back. Dana graduated with a Hospitality degree and enjoyed stints with Hilton Head Island, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and Winter Park Resort, throughout her career. Her motto growing up was “I just want to live where it is beautiful” and her career served her well, in that regard. Dana most recently served as Associate Director of Sales at Hotel Eleganté, where she spent nearly 9 years. She brings a multitude of great relationships and connections in the Pikes Peak Region to the track. She will work closely with the hospitality, tourism and business communities to promote Corporate, Group and Special Events, 365 days/year. Dana hails from the great state of MN and she is the youngest of 5 and the youngest of 116 grand children and family is very important to her. Dana and her husband, Brick, live in Colorado Springs and she is blessed to be a step-mom to Lindsey and Dylan. Dana and Brick enjoy hiking, showshoeing, 9 Round Kickboxing gym and supporting live Blues music. She lives with a “squash the box” mentality and plans to color outside the lines to create amazing experiences for groups who come to the track. Dana is ready to put the pedal to the metal to take PPIR to the next level and lead the charge of letting everyone know about all of the great things we have to offer.
Lydia is a lifelong hospitality professional, avid NASCAR fan, and music junkie (especially 80’s). Starting in Glendale, NY at the young age of 13, Lydia learned a strong work ethic from German restaurants. After moving to Boston to attend BU in 1990, Lydia worked for a prestigious concert promoter in Boston, and eventually went on tour with Lollapalooza in 1992. After serving in many hospitality roles such as Banquet Manager, Restaurant Manager, Group Sales Manager, and Corporate Franchise Operations Manager, her dream was to work in motorsports, which brought her to PPIR. Don’t mess with her daughter, Dale Jr or U2 and you’ll be fine!
Lydia’s favorite mottos are ‘Teamwork makes the dream work’ and ‘It is amazing what you can accomplish when you do not care who gets the credit’ – Harry S. Truman