Bobbing for talent

Posted by Iannucci | 6/16/2008 | 5 comments »
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It still seems strange that a proven announcer like Bob Jenkins is toiling away on Indy Lights recaps, but at least he isn't suffering the indignity of calling Competitive Eating like Paul Page does these days. Anyhow, Curt Cavin has dropped the news that Jenkins will likely be getting a call-up for a few races this season while Marty Reid is off calling N-Word races.

Question: I have heard rumbles about Bob Jenkins announcing 2 IndyCar races for ESPN because Marty Reid has Nationwide Series races that conflict. Is there any truth to this? Could it possibly turn out that next year, Mr. Jenkins returns to the ESPN booth full time? (Scott, Hughesville, Pa.)

Answer: I think I heard Bob say he's doing two races for Marty. As for full-time work, I'm not sure that's under consideration at this time, but maybe
Jenkins is the consummate professional who probably should be calling the IndyCar series races anyways, although having him call a race with the Canadian Dry that is Scott Goodyear could turn out to be sleep inducing.

Now if the unflappable Jenkins were to paired with the highly-flappable Derek Daly, well then that's a horse of different color.


  1. Anonymous // June 17, 2008 6:07 AM  

    Well technically Paul Page is doing the NHRA along with Gary Gerold. Both still sound just the same as they did 20 years ago. Really would be great if they were brought back to IndyCar. I like Jenkins, too, I just hope he remembers who is in what car.

  2. pressdog // June 17, 2008 6:35 AM  

    Derek Daly mention! pressdog is in the whiskey!

  3. Anonymous // June 17, 2008 6:52 AM  

    Hold on to yer hollyhocks, Pressdog! Jeff is getting dangerously squirrelly posting about Double D today! He just barely made it through that post without contact!


  4. Fred Hurley // June 17, 2008 10:27 AM  

    Hey, mmack: Oh my gosh, I can hear his voice as I read your comment, and everything! Oh, how I miss that guy calling races!

  5. Anonymous // June 17, 2008 10:52 AM  

    Bob Jenkins would be GREAT as the Indy Car announcer. I have always thought he was very good, and Neckcar lost a lot when he and Ned Jarret left the booth. Bob is great on teh IMS Radio NEtwork, I say put himn in teh booth permanently!