Accord Speedway Racing Family Mourns Loss Of Gentleman Racer Joe Giachinta

Date: 11/24/2015 10:46:11 PM



Accord, NY: Accord Speedway Racing Family Mourns Loss Of Gentleman Racer Joe Giachinta

By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

The Accord Speedway Racing Family and the Hudson Valley racing community were stunned by the sudden passing of business owner and racer Joseph Giachinta, age 58, of Cold Spring, New York, who passed away unexpectedly at work on Sunday, November 22, 2015.  

Mr Giachinta was born on September 19, 1957, in Cold Spring, a son of the late Aurelio Giachinta and the late Barbara Townsend.  Joe was a life-long resident of Cold Spring and it is where he met his high school sweetheart and future wife Suzanne. Joe went on to begin his very successful Mid Hudson Concrete Products business and Joe was credited with the launching of the innovative Redi-Rock International retaining wall system. Joe dedicated his professional career to building a company with the ultimate goal of providing for his family at the forefront.

Affectionately referred to as "Joe," Mr Giachinta enjoyed racing stock cars on the local area race tracks and was a regular campaigner at the Accord Speedway since 2003. Beginning in the Pure Stock ranks with his trusty Monte Carlo, Joe took some bumps and bruises along the way but enjoyed enough success to transition into the Sportsman division in 2005. Again, feeling his way into the new division, Joe eventually became a solid top-ten campaigner and captured a win during the 2008 racing season at Accord. Joe finished up the 2015 racing season with an eighth place in the final standings and was always among the top ten whether it be a feature event or the final points. 

Joe later assisted the return of "Jumpin" John McGill back to racing and the team enjoyed a good measure of success at Accord and when John's career ended, Joe offered the same assistance to John's son, Brandon, who would later go on to capture the National Junior Slingshot Championship with Mid Hudson Concrete Sponsorship and emerge as a budding star in the Crate Sportsman division at Accord. Joe also lent a helping hand to assist up and coming Junior Slingshot driver Jake Mason.

Joe was a great friend of the Accord Speedway through his loyal participation as a driver, owner, sponsor and business associate. Joe was a person the speedway could rely on at any given time and the walls of the speedway from turn three to turn two are a lasting reminder of the great work Joe put into all of his efforts.

Joe enjoyed a great passion for many things in life including Sunday dinner with his family, swimming in the pool, working on race cars, snowmobiling through the woods and spending quality time with his grandson JoJo.

Mr Giachinta is survived by his loving wife Suzanne; four daughters, three brothers, two sisters and grandson JoJo.

A Mass of Christian Burial Memorial will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at am. at the Lady of Loretto Church, 24 Fair St Cold Spring, New York 10516. Interment will follow in the Cold Spring Cemetery. Friends may call the Clinton Funeral Home, Corner of Parrott and Pine Sts. (21 Parrott St) in Cold Spring on Friday, November 27 from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm.


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