Pit reporter for SPEED TV
Voice of NASCAR at the track @ 22 Sprint Cup events in 2012
Host of The Racing Round Up Show, a weekly news & interviews motorsports radio show covering local, Wisconsin & national racing scene. 28th season, airs live on this station Tuesdays at 6pm www.racingroundup.net
Veteran broadcaster has been play-by-play, color analyst and pit reporter on live event TV network auto races since 1996
Still actively announces local motorsports events, began in karting in 1985
I had the special opportunity to work as the trackside public address announcer at Daytona International Speedway for Speedweeks in February, and again for the 4th of July NASCAR weekends.
A story I’d like to share is when I was scheduled to be on pit road to introduce the current U.S. President, George W. Busch (43rd) to give the command to start engines for the Daytona 500.
As you can imagine, with 200,000 spectators and a huge facility like Daytona, the post-9/11 security detail was on high alert. Blacked-out Chevy Suburbans and dozens of men wearing earpieces and sunglasses were everywhere that morning.
For pre-race festivities, Daytona speedway staff had arranged for a jet-pack pilot to fly from the top of the
As time drew nearer, I couldn’t help but notice the trained snipers lining the roof of the infield building behind pit road, and above the
In a pre-event planning meeting with Secret Service, the jet-pack pilot was asked “How long will it take you to get from roof to grass?”
He replied, “Thirteen seconds.”
I’m told the next thing said in the meeting was a matter-of-fact instruction to the jet-pack pilot by security detail. “If you were to veer off course in any way and start flying in the direction of the President, you WILL be down in LESS than 13 seconds.”
It was now time for the jet-pack flight. As I was on the ground within feet of the President’s detail, I was instructed to not make any sudden moves, to do my job. I stood facing pit road and craned my neck toward the roof.
The jet-pack descent went off as planned, as the pilot landed safely down the track from the President as planned.
What sticks with me to this day was what I learned after the race started. There were actually dozens of sniper rifles pointed at the chest of the pilot as he descended, with his vest flush with red dots from the rifle scopes! One wrong move and he’d be down…. Wow.
It continues to be a real pleasure for me to play a small role at the track with NASCAR’s inclusion and recognition of our U.S. Military before every race, including the performance of the national anthem and the participation of high-ranking
That was a morning to remember, for sure.