INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 31, 2000) - When NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Randy Tolsma arrives in Indy, he'll trade in his usual weekend attire of a helmet and CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge drivers uniform for a suit, tie, and a microphone.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 31, 2000) - When NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Randy Tolsma arrives in Indy, he'll trade in his usual weekend attire of a helmet and CITGO-SUPERGARD Motor Oil Dodge drivers uniform for a suit, tie, and a microphone. Tolsma will have a track side view from a booth high above Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP) and instead of making the moves on the track, he'll be analyzing them.
Tolsma will join ESPN commentator Bob Jenkins in the TV booth for the United States Auto Club (USAC) Coors Light Silver Bullet Series running of the Dupont 100 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
IRP is by far a familiar sight to Tolsma. He's raced there many times while working his way through the ranks of USAC Silver Crown and Midget Divisions before making the move to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1996. Tolsma won at IRP in his rookie season in the Silver Crown division and raced against NASCAR Winston Cup Series greats Tony Stewart and the late Kenny Irwin.
Tolsma looks back on that experience as a turning point in his career. "I showed up at IRP with my racing resume and handed it to a commentator. He told me not to be too hard on myself with the outcome of the race because no one ever won at IRP in their rookie season with the exception of Jeff Gordon. When I won the race, they didn't even know how to pronounce my name."
Additionally, Tolsma was named 1993 USAC Silver Crown Division Rookie of the Year and set the all-time track record at Richmond International Raceway in a Silver Crown car. Tolsma's racing credentials alone demonstrate he's qualified to call the shots for his alma mater series.
Tolsma proved his overall driving success was genuine in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series when he notched his first career pole at IRP in 1998.
"The opportunity to work with ESPN and commentate the USAC event is so exciting to me," commented Tolsma. "The fact I've got a lot of history at IRP and in USAC makes it even better. Since ESPN makes such an impact on motorsports by bringing drivers to the public view, I'm grateful to be able to give a little back. This is my first time doing something of this magnitude in the booth so I'm both nervous and excited with anticipation."
The USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series running of the Dupont 100 is scheduled for 8:00p.m. EST on Wednesday August 2, 2000. ESPN 2 will broadcast the event live from Indianapolis Raceway Park.