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.

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.