Clark, Foyt, Jones in three Fords in 1965 '500. Photo: IMS Archives

Indy 500 announcer Doug Zink, motor builder Larry Slutter pass away

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The open-wheel world is mourning the passing of two individuals who played a big part in the evolution of the sport.

First, veteran Indianapolis 500 and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network announcer Doug Zink passed away Sunday at the age of 78, according to The Indianapolis Star and a tweet by current 500 announcer Mark Jaynes.

Zink began a long association with the racetrack by serving as a backstretch reporter from 1966-1973, was Turn 3 announcer from 1974-1981 and Turn 2 voice from 1982-1984.

Zink spent 27 years with Indianapolis radio station WIRE before retiring in 1986.

The IndyCar world is also mourning Larry Slutter, 73, of Reno, Nevada. Formerly of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, Slutter passed away on Monday, April 4, one day before what would have been his 74th birthday.

According to, Slutter was a longtime fixture on the IndyCar scene, working for a number of top team owners including A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Lloyd Ruby.

Slutter was instrumental in developing the Ford racing engine in the 1960s, as well as the Cosworth DFX motor while working for Parnelli Jones.

He also worked for Toyota Racing Development before retiring in 2008, but continued to work part-time building racing engines in his own shop.

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WATCH LIVE: IndyCar Carb Day coverage on NBCSN

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It’s Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And that means hours of coverage for IndyCar fans, just days away from the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

Coverage on NBCSN will include the Indy Lights Firestone 100 at 1 p.m. ET, a live edition of NASCAR America from Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 3:30 p.m. ET with Krista Voda, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Steve Letarte, A.J. Allmendinger and Marty Snider, and new Indy-centric episodes of Proving Grounds and Off The Grid. Jake Query will call the Indy Lights Firestone 100 alongside analyst Anders Krohn and pit reporter Katie Hargitt.

Click here to watch online or on the NBC Sports app.

All this leads up to Sunday’s race (11 am ET on NBC), but don’t forget about Saturday’s Indy 500 parade coverage, which you can watch on NBC Sports Gold.