Pikes Peak Int’l Raceway COO Joe Garone commentates ‘virtual race’


The COVID-19 pandemic has seen practically all motorsports series temporarily suspend their operations for the time being, but that hasn’t stopped some individuals from creating their own entertainment.

To kill some time, Pikes Peak International Raceway chief operating officer Joe Garone filmed and commentated a “virtual race” around the 1-mile Colorado oval, utilizing a diagram of the facility and a vintage Martin Truex Jr. No. 78 diecast.

“Green! Green! Green! Here we go!” Garone said as he pushed the miniature car around the diagram and mimicked race car noises.

“The lap is in! Nice job there, driver,” Garone said as he pushed the car across the finish line.

Garone was hired by PPIR in February after a long career in NASCAR. He was most well known for serving as an executive for more than a decade at Furniture Row Racing. When Truex won the 2017 Cup championship for Furniture Row Racing, Garone served as team president and general manager.

PPIR opened in 1997 and previously has hosted the NTT IndyCar Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.

The facility includes a 1-mile oval, a 1.3-mile road course, a one-eighth of a mile drag strip and meeting space. Pikes Peak currently plays host to festivals, concerts and performance driving programs.

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