The Five Greatest Indy 500 Broadcasters Of All-Time

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  1. Paul Page

By far the most popular and respected voice in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Paul Page was the second-longest serving play-by-play man for the Indy 500, only behind the legendary Jim McKay of ABC’s Wide World of Sports. And while many continue to wonder what would have been different if ABC had not demoted him off of coverage in 2005, there are plenty of great memories to reflect upon.

Page called every Indianapolis 500 on television from 1988 to 2004, except for the three years led by Jenkins while Page focused on CART, after their separation from the IRL. He has also provided coverage on the IMS Radio Network over the years, and will call the green flag on the radio for the centennial edition of the race in 2016.

What separates Paul Page from the rest of the great broadcasters over the years is the excitement he brings to every call, while also oozing with knowledge and stories that only a passionate fan can provide. One of his most memorable calls was that of the historic fourth win by Penske Racing’s Rick Mears. The 1991 Indy 500 was one fantastic show, both for those on track and for Paul Page.

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Be sure to tune in on Sunday for the 100th Indianapolis 500, live on ABC starting at 11:00 am eastern. Lindsay Czarniak will have hosting duties, while Allen Bestwick, Scott Goodyear, and Eddie Cheever call the race action. Jerry Punch, Jon Beekhuis, and Rick DeBruhl will cover pit road.