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ABC Sports announces IRL broadcast team

ABC Sports, the network of the Indy Racing League and home of the prestigious Indianapolis 500, announced today that veteran broadcaster Bob Jenkins has been promoted to host of its coverage of the Indianapolis 500 and the IRL series. In addition Paul Page, a mainstay on ABC's auto racing coverage for more than a decade, will call the race action and Scott Goodyear, an insightful former IRL driver, will serve as analyst. Pit reporters Jack Arute and Vince Welch will welcome announcer Gary Gerould.

"I am very pleased to promote Bob (Jenkins) to the host position because he is the preeminent voice in auto racing," said Howard Katz, president, ABC Sports. Paul (Page) adds years of experience to the team, while Scott (Goodyear) will provide us with a very unique perspective as a former IRL driver. Along with top pit reporters Jack Arute, Gary Gerould and Vince Welch, we have assembled one of the most talented and experienced broadcast teams in the industry."

The versatile Jenkins has served as host and/or anchor for a wide variety of auto racing circuits, including the Indy 500, IRL and IROC on ABC, ABC and ESPN's NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Grand National telecasts, Formula One and IMSA. Page, one of the most recognizable voices in motor sports, has covered a variety of series during his 25-year career, including the Indy 500, IRL, IROC, and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. As a member of ABC's IRL team, Goodyear will return to the Brickyard, where, in 1992, he placed second in the closest finish in Indianapolis 500 history. A superspeedway expert, Goodyear has won twice at both the Michigan 500 and Texas 500.

Gerould is a veteran pit reporter who has also done play-by-play for, among others, the National Football League. Arute, who joined ABC in 1984, is the network's top auto racing pit reporter and one of its top college football sideline reporters. Welch, who is also an accomplished play-by-play announcer in the Midwest, has emerged as one of television's top pit reporters in just a few short seasons with ABC.

ABC's Sports will broadcast 10 IRL events this season, beginning on Saturday, March 2, at 1 p.m. ET, with the race from Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. The network's schedule is highlighted by the prestigious Indianapolis 500 -- the "greatest spectacle in racing" -- which airs Sunday, May 26, from 11 a.m.-- 3:30 p.m. ET, on the ABC Television Network.

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