Grapevine: Indy legend Carnegie passes away

Legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway commentator Tom Carnegie has died at the age of 91

Grapevine: Indy legend Carnegie passes away

Carnegie was an announcer at the track for 60 years, making his debut at the 1946 Indianapolis 500 and only retiring after the 2006 event.

His distinctive style and huge passion for IndyCar's premier race made him a favourite with fans, drivers and teams across his six-decade career.

An IMS statement said: "It is fair to say Carnegie probably deserves more credit than any other single human being for helping build the gigantic crowds that were drawn to the track for qualifications three and four decades ago.

"The impact of Tom Carnegie has been immeasurable, and his work will never be forgotten."

Mari Hulman George, chairman of the IMS board, said: "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."

Leading team boss Roger Penske added: "Tom Carnegie was a true gentleman and a legend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and throughout the state of Indiana.

"For so many years his unmistakable voice signified the beginning of the month of May and the Indianapolis 500. We will certainly miss Tom and his spirit, his unique style of announcing and his passion for racing."

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