Friday, February 11, 2011

RIP Tom Carnegie, No Longer On It

The voice of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for more than six decades, Tom Carnegie, is dead at the age of 91. Mary Hulman-George issued the following statement on his passing:

This is a very sad day for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and everyone worldwide who loved Tom Carnegie. Millions of race fans who never met Tom still felt as if they knew him because of his distinctive voice and his passion for the Speedway, its events and its people. Tom cared about everyone at the track, whether it was a four-time Indianapolis 500 winner or a young fan attending a practice day. He provided the soundtrack for the greatest moments of 61 years at IMS, and he never will be forgotten. Tom was a dear friend of four generations of the Hulman-George family, and we will miss him dearly."
WTHR's Dave Calabro, who once interned for Carnegie and credits him to getting his start in sports broadcasting, has been the voice of the Speedway since Carnegie retired. Here's his tribute to his years as the voice of the Speedway:

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