Bob Jenkins, the announcer for the Indy 500, is battling brain cancer. He joined IMS President J. Douglas Boles on “Behind the Bricks” to announce he will reduce his role on the IMS Public Address system this year.
Jenkins’ Indy 500 duties began in 1979 as a backstretch reporter. In 1990 he became the chief announcer for IMS Radio and then a year later for ABC. In 2004, Jenkins became the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Public Address system announcer. He took on other duties in 2007 before returning to the announcer role in 2011. He’s been the announcer ever since.
Jenkins lost his wife Pam to terminal cancer in 2012. He also overcame colon cancer.
Sending thoughts and prayers to one of our biggest #Indy500 fans, Bob Jenkins, who will reduce his role this year as he begins a personal battle with brain cancer.
The #IMS family is here for you. We can’t wait to see you back at the track!
— Indianapolis Motor Speedway (@IMS) February 16, 2021