Tom Carnegie, 'the voice of Indy,' dies

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Tom Carnegie, the legendary public address announcer at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, died Friday. He was 91.

Born in Connecticut as the son of a Baptist minister, Carnegie served as the public service announcer at IMS from 1946-2006. He called 61 Indianapolis 500s, 12 Brickyard 400s (NASCAR Cup Series) and six United States Grand Prix (Formula One).

Carnegie's signature calls at Indy included: "And It's a neeeeew track record," "You won't believe it," and "Heeeeeee's on it."

Long before his announcer days at Indy, Carnegie worked in a variety of media. He landed a job at radio station WOWO in Fort Wayne, IN in 1942, shortly after graduating from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. He then worked for radio station WIRE in Indianapolis and wrote sports columns for the Indianapolis Star near the end of World War II.

While Carnegie emceed a vintage car event just days before the 1946 Indy 500, then track president Wilbur Shaw heard his work and invited him to assist with the public address on race day. Carnegie accepted and kept coming back for the next six decades.

In addition to his duties at IMS, Carnegie was the longtime sports director at television station WFBM (now WRTV) in Indianapolis.

Carnegie was inducted into a variety of halls of fame, in the field of both motorsports and broadcasting.


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