Bob Jenkins, a famous automobile racing broadcaster whose voice ended up being an inseparable part of NASCAR’s development on tv along with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, passed away Monday following an eight-month fight with brain cancer. He was 73.
A local of Liberty, Indiana, Jenkins worked 5 years for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network and likewise anchored both IndyCar and NASCAR races on tv, acting as a play-by-play commentator for the Indianapolis 500 along with ESPN’s protection of NASCAR. At IMS, Jenkins began his profession as a backstretch commentator in 1979 prior to turning into one of the track’s most renowned voices and the chief commentator– otherwise referred to as the “Voice of the 500”– from 1990 to 1998.
Jenkins exposed in February that he had actually been detected with 2 deadly growths behind his best temple following an extreme headache last Christmas. News of his death was shared by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
” We are deeply saddened to reveal the death of famous motorsports broadcaster Bob Jenkins,” checked out a declaration by the Speedway. “He will be really missed out on by race fans worldwide. Bob was among the kindest, most authentic individuals anybody might fulfill, and his tradition will live permanently.”
In addition to his function at Indianapolis, Jenkins was likewise among the really first workers at ESPN upon the network’s launch in 1979, and for over 20 years was a main figure in car racing protection. Jenkins acted as the lead commentator for NASCAR racing on the network, forming a renowned broadcasting group along with Cup Series champs Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons.
In addition to his NASCAR and IndyCar work, Jenkins likewise functioned as the host of SpeedWeek on ESPN in addition to the network’s broadcasts of USAC Sprint Cars and truck and Midget racing. Jenkins likewise appeared in 2 significant movie, working as the commentator in Days of Thunder while likewise making a cameo as a studio host in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Numerous of Jenkins’ most renowned calls came at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, most significantly the surface of the closest-ever Indianapolis 500 in 1992 that saw Al Unser Jr. edge Scott Goodyear for the win by.043 seconds. Jenkins likewise called the inaugural Brickyard 400 for ESPN, calling Indiana racing star Jeff Gordon’s success in the first-ever NASCAR race at the track.
Although he retired from tv at the end of the 2012 IndyCar season, Jenkins continued his work at Indianapolis as a factor to the general public address system. Jenkins was inducted into the IMS Hall of Popularity in 2019, and this previous May got the Robin Miller Award in acknowledgment of his profession.
Jenkins was preceded in death by his better half Pam, who likewise passed away of brain cancer in 2012.