Almost 75 years ago, in Richmond, Indiana, Bob Jenkins was born. He grew up in the nearby town of Liberty, graduating from Short High School in 1965 and later Indiana University in 1969.
In the nearly 50-year career that followed, the “Voice of the 500” navigated his way into the hearts and minds of captive radio and TV audiences across the world like the speeding race cars he was announcing. Here are some things you might not have known about longtime racing broadcaster Bob Jenkins.
Deeply said to hear the news of Bob Jenkins pass…I remember this pictures like was yesterday and We were joking around . #RIP my friend my thoughts and prayers to the family. https://t.co/yfOgkAIrEu
Very sad to read this news. I always enjoyed interacting with Bob and as soon as I heard his voice it got my blood pumping a bit faster thinking about @IndyCar racing and the #indy500. He will be dearly missed! 🙏 #RIPhttps://t.co/x6r4cSNggD
Terribly sad. Saw Bob at GRP last, he was positive and promised to fight the best he could. No doubt he did. Bob’s enthusiasm and commitment helped shape my love and passion for Indy, and INDYCAR racing. Much like many of you I’m sure. RIP Bob. Godspeed. 🙏🏼 https://t.co/0nwlIcpEhj
Our sport has lost a wonderful man and an iconic voice, but Bob Jenkins is unforgettable. Myself and so many others have lost a dear and loyal friend. My sincere condolences to his family. He will be missed. https://t.co/Y0V6Ivu0ST