Dr. Joseph Mattioli

About This Inductee

Dr. Joseph Mattioli is the driving force behind the dramatic growth of Pocono International Raceway. From the raceway’s inception in the mid-1960’s, Pocono Raceway has grown to the level that the Raceway’s two NASCAR Winston Cup Series events arc now each the largest single clay spectator sporting events in the State of Pennsylvania. The economic impact of the two NASCAR Winston Cup events at Pocono Raceway, plus the Raceway’s extensive lease schedule, was calculated in excess of $158,000,000. In addition to the huge direct economic benefits the raceway delivers to the region, the raceway provides valuable national recognition for both the Pocono area and the State of Pennsylvania. Each receive millions of dollars of national exposure resulting from the live national television broadcast of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Races. The history of Pocono Raceway has not always been so rosy. Hurricanes, work stoppages, national gas shortages are but a few of the events that have affected the raceway over the years. The determination and leadership of Dr. Mattioli has pulled Pocono Raceway through the rough times. Mattioli was born in Old Forge, PA in 1925. Mattioli served in the Marine Corps from 1943-1946 as a corpsman. He enrolled at Temple University, graduated from Temple Dental School in 1952, and practiced dentistry in Philadelphia before becoming involved in real estate in the Poconos in the 1960’s. He was part of a group that built and developed Camelback ski area in 1962 and he built and developed Timber Hill ski area in 1965 in addition to his involvement in Pocono Raceway. He retired form dentistry in 1988 to devote his time and energy to the raceway. Mattioli is president and chairman of the Board of the Auto Racing Fraternity Foundation. Dr. Mattioli and his wife, Dr. Rose Mattioli (a retired podiatrist) have three children: daughters Marilouise and Michele and son Joseph III. They are the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren.