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12/18/12
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Varsha reduced to grand-Am coverage
It's a sad day in motorsports in the USA when you learn that American's best motorsports announcer, Bob Varsha, has been reduced to doing the grand-Am series that no one follows or watches.  He takes the reins this coming season as host of Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race coverage on SPEED, beginning with the network’s live coverage of the famed Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. ET.

“We are fortunate (that is an understatement) to have Bob leading our Grand-Am broadcast team this year,” said Frank Wilson, SPEED VP of Production and executive producer. “His predecessor, Leigh Diffey, is a tremendous talent and did great things for our coverage, and now with Bob, we are in a position to elevate the Rolex Sports Car series even further. I have worked with Bob for 13 years now and he is among the very best at what he does. He truly is one of the elite voices in all of motorsport, not just at SPEED, but anywhere in the world.”

Joining Varsha in the booth for the Rolex 24 at Daytona are Brian Till (play x play), Calvin Fish (analyst), Dorsey Schroeder (analyst), Tommy Kendall (analyst) and Justin Bell (analyst/roving reporter). In the pits, SPEED will have Chris Neville, Jamie Howe, Matt Yocum and Andrew Marriott.

"Joining the SPEED broadcast team for the full Grand-Am season is something of a homecoming for me," Varsha said. "I began my career with the old Camel GT sports car series, and the Rolex 24 was the first major international racing event I covered for television. Making it even better is the fact that I'll be at the tracks on race weekends once again. It's no secret that much of our international racing coverage originates from the studio these days, so I'm really looking forward to speaking with people, kicking tires and enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of racing cars again."

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