The Indiana native loved a motorsport broadcasting profession that spanned 5 many years, together with a stint because the chief announcer for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Community between 1990 and 1998.
He was famend for his work with ESPN and ABC and, after attending his first Indy 500 in 1960, solely missed the race twice – as soon as in 1961 when no one would take him, and once more in 1965 when he was on a highschool journey.
After graduating from Indiana College, Jenkins started working in radio, first as a information reporter in Fort Wayne and Valparaiso after which protecting farming information for WIRE in Indianapolis.
In 1979 he labored in motorsport for the primary time, his pal Paul Web page serving to him land the backstretch announcer position with IMS Radio Community.
That very same 12 months Jenkins started working for ESPN as one of many first on-air staff and spent greater than 20 years because the lead commentator for the community’s NASCAR protection, forming a preferred trio with Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons.
In addition to his commentary work with ESPN/ABC and the IMS Radio Community, Jenkins anchored the ‘Thunder’ collection broadcasts of USAC Sprintcar and midget racing and was the host of ‘SpeedWeek’ on ESPN.
His voice was additionally heard in a lot of video video games and flicks similar to Days of Thunder and Talladega Nights. He was inducted into the IMS Corridor of Fame in 2019.
Jenkins survived colon most cancers within the Nineteen Eighties and retired from his tv work in 2012 to take care of his spouse Pam who was preventing her personal most cancers battle. She handed away in that October.
Jenkins was diagnosed with brain cancer in February this 12 months.
Jenkins was a preferred and extensively revered broadcaster on TV and radio
Photograph by: Shawn Payne/IndyCar
IMS proprietor Roger Penske led tributes to Jenkins.
“Bob Jenkins had an unimaginable ardour for racing and his enthusiasm, mixed together with his real love and information of the game, endeared him to motorsports followers all around the world,” he mentioned.
“His asserting profession spanned almost 50 years, and to a whole era, the sound of Bob’s voice merely meant it was time to go racing. That legendary voice turned the soundtrack for the Month of Might on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“We are going to miss Bob’s kindness, his professionalism and his distinctive potential to deliver us all nearer to the monitor together with his tales and insights.
“Our ideas are with Bob’s household and his many buddies all through the racing neighborhood and past.”
Writing on Twitter, 1969 Indy 500 winner Mario Andretti mentioned: “Our sport has misplaced an exquisite man and an iconic voice, however Bob Jenkins is unforgettable.
“Myself and so many others have misplaced an expensive and constant pal.
“My honest condolences to his household. He might be missed.”
Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2014 Indy 500 winner, added: “So unhappy to listen to the information of the legendary Bob Jenkins passing away.
So unhappy to listen to the information of the legendary Bob Jenkins passing away. Simply spent a while w/him in Might on the speedway & cherished each second as I knew that could be the final time I had an opportunity to share some reminiscences with him. His legacy, nevertheless, lives on. Relaxation In Peace pal.
— Ryan Hunter-Reay (@RyanHunterReay) August 9, 2021
“Simply spent a while w/him in Might on the speedway & cherished each second as I knew that could be the final time I had an opportunity to share some reminiscences with him.
“His legacy, nevertheless, lives on. Relaxation In Peace pal.”
An official NASCAR assertion mentioned: “Bob Jenkins lent his iconic voice to so many memorable NASCAR moments, telling the story of our sport to hundreds of thousands of followers for years.
“Although recognized for his immense expertise as a broadcaster, Bob’s ardour for motorsports actually outlined what it meant to be a racer. The motorsports trade misplaced a broadcasting legend and a pal with Bob’s passing. NASCAR extends its deepest condolences to Bob’s family and friends.”