Thursday, May 12, 2016

500 facts: Tom Carnegie

"When Carnegie called his first 500 in 1946, Harry Truman was President."

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 9:58 AM

click to enlarge Tom Carnegie in 2010. - CHUCK CARROLL, COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Chuck Carroll, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
  • Tom Carnegie in 2010.

Later this month, NUVO will present 500 facts about the Indy 500. Between now and then, we'll be sharing five facts per day from our upcoming story.

Since the track will see activity today (weather permitting), it seems a fitting time to remember that legendary man on the P.A. mic, the late, great Tom Carnegie.

24. Tom Carnegie became the IMS P.A. announcer in 1946. He’d hold that position for the next 60 years.

27. Carnegie would call 61 Indy races during his tenure — plus 12 Brickyard 400s and six F1 races (the U.S. Gran Prix), before he retired after the 2006 race.

28. When Carnegie called his first 500 in 1946, Harry Truman was President. 10 more men would hold that office while Tom was behind the mic. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush weren’t even born when Carnegie started the gig.

29. A total of 411 drivers debuted at the IMS with Tom Carnegie announcing their names. That’s out of a total of 708 from 1911 to 2006.

30. Nothing on the track that stands today existed when Carnegie began his run. The oldest building that still stands at the IMS is the Clarian Emergency Medic al Center, which, according to the IMS website, was built in ’48.

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