IMS' CARNEGIE TO BE INDUCTED INTO MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME AUG. 17 Carnegie is first person inducted for track public address accomplishments INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006 -- Legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway public address...
IMS' CARNEGIE TO BE INDUCTED INTO MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME AUG. 17
Carnegie is first person inducted for track public address accomplishments
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006 -- Legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway public address announcer Tom Carnegie will join the elite "Who's Who" of Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductees in ceremonies at Detroit's State Theatre on Aug. 17.
Carnegie utilized his golden baritone voice to call 61 Indianapolis 500s -- every race from 1946 through the 90th running of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on May 28 -- plus 12 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and six United States Grand Prix events.
He becomes the first person to be inducted into the prestigious Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, located in Novi, Mich., for accomplishments as a track public address announcer.
"I am very grateful, it's a rare honor and I'm humbled to be the first announcer inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame," Carnegie said. "I am very fortunate to have spent my career at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway because I had the opportunity to get to know the drivers and many other compelling figures.
"Also, I was able to be on the ground floor of television broadcasting in Indianapolis. We aired the first television broadcast in the city's history at the "500" featuring drivers such as Ray Harroun, Wilbur Shaw, Louis Meyer and others. I have had the pleasure of working with many talented individuals."
Not only did Carnegie call every Indianapolis 500 since the close of World War II with grace and drama, but he was also involved in the first television broadcast in Indianapolis in 1949, which aired from the Speedway. On Race Day morning that year, television station WFBM (now WRTV) aired the Indy 500-themed documentary "The Crucible of Speed," and followed it with live coverage of the race.
The other members of the 2006 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America induction class are: Nigel Mansell, the 1992 Formula One World Champion and two-time Indianapolis 500 starter; longtime NASCAR standouts Hershel McGriff and Curtis Turner; popular drag racer Chris Karamesines; championship road-racer Elliott Forbes-Robinson; and Jeff Ward, who is being inducted for his longtime dominance in motocross and supercross. Ward is also a seven-time Indianapolis 500 starter.
1973 NASCAR champion and longtime NASCAR television commentator Benny Parsons was inducted in 2005, but he is also being honored Aug. 17 because he could not attend last year.
Ward and Mansell both won Indianapolis 500 Chase Rookie of the Year honors, Ward in 1997 and Mansell in 1993. Ward finished third in 1997, but his best finish was second in 1999, and he has earned four top-10 finishes in his Indianapolis 500 career. Mansell finished third in 1993 and returned in 1994, but he was taken out of the race in an accident, finishing 22nd.