Jim McKay dies

A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chief Executive Officer Tony George about legendary ABC Sports broadcaster Jim McKay, who died June 7 at age 86. McKay anchored ABC’s broadcasts of the Indianapolis 500 from 1967-74 and 1976-85. He was the host of the broadcast in 1986-87.

McKay also was a talented writer. He won his 12th Emmy Award in 1988 for the openings of ABC’s coverage of the 1987 Indianapolis 500, the British Open and the Kentucky Derby.

“Jim McKay was an icon, a legend in broadcasting. He helped build ABC Sports and the Indianapolis 500 through a true partnership and always remained a friend and a fan. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway family offers its condolences to his family."

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