Disciple of INDYCAR Weblog

August 13, 2008

New Mic and Camera Jockeys

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:19 pm

No Indy Racing broadcast would be complete without:


  1. Bob Jenkins
  2. Jack Arute
  3. Vince Welch
  4. Gary Gerould
  5. (Your suggestion here)

Why is this important? The new Indy Racing television deal with Versus has not yet featured any announcement of an on-air broadcast team. The list above is not all inclusive; it is merely reflective of popular choices. Versus and the new deal promise much more extensive coverage of the series and its personalities. The right mix of on air talent, therefore, is a critical component of the potential success of the new deal.


If I were you I would visit the Indy Racing and Versus websites, then use the ‘contact us’ functions to let your choices be heard. I would do that sooner rather than later. For all those who have ever lamented the choice of hired help on ABC or ESPN, now is your opportunity.


One can only hope this opportunity does not get squandered. Indy Racing broadcasts have evolved lately into a revolving door of talent who get used on Indy Racing broadcasts either as auditions for something else (like NASCAR) or as experiments that ultimately fail.



Voices like Gary Gerould that gave Indy Racing character over the years got repurposed to other sports. Is Brianne Pedigo really better than Jamie Little? It is kind of amazing thinking of Jack Arute as a senior member, but he has seen it all.


Bottom line: Let your voices be heard so we can hear the ones that enhance the experience, not drive people away.  





Vince Welch Also Does Robert DeNiro Impressions



  1. In the booth: Mike King, Paul page, Robbie Buhl(check him out in the lights races).
    In the pit’s: Jack Arute,Gary Gerould, Jamie Little.
    I realize most of these folk’s are ESPN slaves. But for people like me who have been spoiled by the greatness that is the SPEED F1 team this would be great GO DAVID HOBB’S

    Comment by planet irl — August 13, 2008 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  2. These aren’t camera jockeys!
    But I nominate for pit lane and paddock reporter or the booth Jon Beekhuis!
    I always liked him and Gary Gerould. But I figured that Gary is retired.
    How about Brienne Pedigo and Jamie Little working the race brodcasts, plus Becky Gordon and Bronte Tagliani working the paddock and pits throughout each weekend to put together little behind-the-scenes stories to run during the needlessly prolonged caution periods?
    Get retired drivers in the booth for color commentary, following in the footsteps of Bobby Unser, Scott Goodyear, Danny Sullivan, Parker Johnstone and Eddie Cheever.

    Comment by Brian — August 13, 2008 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

  3. gary gerould and paul page went to the NHRA when we got marty ried

    Comment by planet irl — August 13, 2008 @ 8:25 pm | Reply

  4. Vince Welch. Great pit guy. Maybe Versus can entice him away with more money, but if it was me I’d dangle a booth job in front of him. The only one I’d actually make a major effort to get.

    Bob Jenkins? Whatever. You could do a lot worse.

    You can keep the rest.

    Comment by Moose — August 14, 2008 @ 2:32 am | Reply

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