John Della Penna knew he wanted to be involved in motor sports at age six
when he saw fellow Argentine and five-time world driving champion Juan
Fangio compete in the Buenos Aires Formula One event. When he moved to the
United States in May of 1972, Della Penna was immediately drawn to
fulfilling his dream of a motor sports career.
In the forty years that follow John not only was able to fulfill his dream
of competing at the highest levels of the sport of auto-racing but also
create and participate in a number of diverse business from Auto Racing,
automotive, to commercial real estate, hospitality, Digital media, and the
IPO of “Championship Auto Racing Teams” in 1998 when the governing body of
the sport was sold to wall street valued at 400 million dollars.
During his tenure as CEO of Della Penna Motorsports John raised over $40
million dollars in sponsorship from a number of major companies. Among them:
Ford, Toyota, Goodyear, Firestone, Fujifilm, Ralphs supermarkets, Food4Less
supermarkets and Anheuser Busch as the primary sponsor of the team with the
John served on the franchise board of CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams)
in the managing partner of three real estate partnerships.
In the last ten years John has also been an angel investor in Silicon Valley
where he is a member of San Hill Angels. www.sandhillangels.com, he recently
founded a technology startup in the healthcare field, was a founding
investor in InEvention sold last year and served as interim CMO for