Longtime racing announcer Bob Jenkins said he plans to scale back his work at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this May as he undergoes radiation and chemotherapy treatment for brain cancer.
The 73-year-old Jenkins made the announcement Tuesday near the end of a 24-minute video posted on the speedway’s YouTube account.
In it, Jenkins explained how he woke up with a severe headache on Christmas night and drove to a hospital. Doctors initially thought Jenkins had suffered a stroke, but a further examination revealed two malignant tumors in his right temple.
“I had colon cancer in 1983 and I survived that,” he told Speedway President Doug Boles during the interview. “And with God’s help and my beloved race fans, I’m gonna make it.”
He also called IndyCar, NASCAR and Formula One races for other networks including ABC, ESPN, NBC Sports Network and its predecessor Versus. Jenkins anchored “NASCAR on ESPN” from 1979 to 2000, appeared in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and provided the voice for several video games including EA Sports’ popular “NASCAR.”
“The checkered flag is out, Goodyear makes a move, Little Al wins by just a few tenths of a second — perhaps the closest finish in the history of the Indianapolis 500,” Jenkins declared. The victory margin — 0.043 seconds — remains the closest finish in the race’s 104-year history.
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