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.