12 Questions with Dave Alpern, president of Joe Gibbs Racing

12 Questions with Dave Alpern, president of Joe Gibbs Racing

Each week, The Athletic asks the same 12 questions to a different race car driver. But this week, we’re pleased to host a racing executive instead — Dave Alpern, the president of Joe Gibbs Racing and author of a just-released book called “Taking The Lead.” 

1. When you meet someone who doesn’t know who you are, do you ever lie about what you do for a living?

So I have never lied, but the more they ask, the more they learn. The basic answer is usually “I’m in the NASCAR business.” The next question leads to which team and I say I work for Joe Gibbs Racing. And then when they ask what you do, I still will guard it by saying, “I work in the front office, mostly with sponsors on the business side.” If they dig deeper, they may find out that I’m the president.

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