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Veteran motorsports broadcaster Gary Gerould to retire after 37 years

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If you watched an IndyCar race anytime in the last 25 to 30 years, chances are you heard the voice of Gary Gerould, dropping insights, updates and knowledge from pit lane.

And if you’ve watched any NHRA race anytime in the last 10 to 15 years, chances are you’ve heard Gerould at the far end of the drag strip, able to capture the emotion – good or bad – as drivers leave their 300-plus mph rocketships on earth.

One of motorsports’ true professionals, best pit reporters, most genuine individuals and iconic voices announced Wednesday that at the conclusion of this year’s NHRA season, he’ll hang up his microphone after a legendary 37-year career.

Here’s a great sentiment from his son, Bobby:

Reactions immediately poured in from friends, fans and colleagues to thank Gerould for his service and his dedication to motorsports, which he’s done along with his other primary role – play-by-play voice for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. Here’s a mere sampling:

Gerould was on pit road for ABC’s coverage of the Indianapolis 500 from 1990-1999, and 2002-2004.

But it wasn’t just open-wheel and drag racing that Gerould maintained a steady presence on. He also has called some NFL games play-by-play and the 1988 Summer Olympics for NBC.

Once the Kings moved to Sacramento in 1985, Gerould was named its play-by-play voice. He celebrated his 2,000th broadcast during the 2010-2011 season.  The Kings put this video together, below:

Gerould hanging up the mic does allow us to search the archives and find a handful of interviews, including his gem with a then-pissed off A.J. Foyt at Nazareth in 1991.

Below that is one with Pat Patrick at Pocono in 1989.

Meanwhile, here’s Gerould explaining how much it cost to run an IndyCar in 1985, some 30 years ago.

We wish Gary nothing but the best, and thank him for his awesome career.

INDYCAR: Patricio O’Ward turns heads in Carlin debut

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While the top story coming out of Sunday’s IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas is undoubtedly 18-year-old Colton Herta’s victory in only his third IndyCar start, another teenager made quite some noise during the first IndyCar race at the facility.

19-year-old Patricio O’Ward made an impressive start to his 2019 IndyCar campaign by starting and finishing in eighth position. It was the first of his 13 races this season for Carlin Racing.

“I think it was a pretty good race for us. We ended exactly where we started and didn’t go backwards, so I’d say that was a successful day” O’Ward said. “I know the No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet had a top-five finish in it today and even though we couldn’t make it happen, it’s nice to know that we have the pace and can be fighting up front with the veteran drivers.”

O’Ward, the 2018 Indy Lights champ, made his series debut for Harding Steinbrenner Racing at last year’s season finale at Sonoma Raceway, where he made it to the Firestone Fast Six in qualifying and finished ninth. O’Ward was scheduled to race for the team full-time in 2019, but left in early February to pursue other options due to a lack of sponsorship.

Pato found a new home with Carlin, and despite missing preseason testing, he proved to be competitive from the get go and pressured some of IndyCar’s more tenured drivers, including Graham Rahal.

In what was undoubtedly the most daring move of the race, O’Ward ended a great battle with Rahal by hitting a superb outside pass on Lap 15.

O’Ward may have likely earned a better result on Sunday, if he didn’t have to save fuel in order to make the finish.

But with only two IndyCar starts to his credit, he is already racing like a seasoned veteran. Sunday’s IndyCar Classic may be the first of many successful outings for him this year.

After the race, he tweeted to his team: “Well done gentlemen … This is only the beginning.”

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