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.

Bob Boileau

President

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 Framel

Facilities Manager

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.

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.

Dana Kahlhamer

Director of Sales & Marketing

Dana Kahlhamer joined the PPIR team in 2017. With a lengthy career in hospitality, she was relatively new to the motorsports industry but she has become completely immersed in it. She started working at the age of nine in a family-owned restaurant and never looked back. With a hospitality degree, she enjoyed positions with Hilton Head Island, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and Winter Park Resort. Her motto growing up was “I just want to live where it is beautiful” and her career has served that motto well. She served as the Associate Director of Sales at Hotel Eleganté, where she spent nearly nine years. She continues to work closely with the hospitality, tourism and business communities to promote Corporate, Group and Special Events, 365 days/year. She serves on the HSMAI (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Assoc Intl) board, as well as the Sports Economy Team, which is an extension of the Colorado Springs Chamber. Originally from the great state of MN, she is the youngest of five siblings, the youngest of 116 grandchildren 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. When she’s not working she enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, spoiling her dog, Mocha, 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 those who come to the track. Dana continues to explore unique events to bring as many diverse groups of people to PPIR as possible. We truly do have something for the whole family. Be sure to say hi if you see her at any number of car shows or events on the front range.

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.

Chelsy Offutt

Director of Communications

A proud Colorado Springs native, Chelsy has always had a passion for Colorado and her community. A University of Colorado Colorado Springs alum, she has worked in the public relations and communications fields since graduation. She served as Visit Colorado Springs’ Director of Communications for more than a decade specializing in PR, crisis communications and social media. She’s also a graduate of the Leadership Pikes Peak’s LNOW program as well as the Colorado Tourism Office’s Leadership Journey. In 2019, she was named a Mayor’s Young Leader Award finalist. She grew up around car culture as her grandfather has owned his own brake shop since the 1950s and her dad has always had an affinity for fast toys. When she’s not working, she’s driving her Ford Mustang, playing dog mom, stand-up paddle boarding, traveling or discovering the region’s newest hot spots.

Janie Mills

Marketing & Event Coordinator 

Janie Mills came to PPIR with a desire to work a few part time hours and accepted a full time position in 2020. She has an extensive corporate background and started her own catering business in 2008. With her experience in party planning and organizational expertise, it was a perfect fit. Janie continues to run her catering business, and in her spare time, has led a singles ministry for 29 years where she teaches how to have healthy relationships and offers divorce recovery. She and her Husband Mike live on a small hobby farm with horses, goats, chickens, ducks, and a few cats and dogs. They have five children and six adorable grandchildren with another expected in 2020.

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.

Steve Putzstuck

Motorsport Event Manager

Support Staff

Yancy Cochran

Sam Dickison

Dallas Ramirez

Mark Black