IMS legend Tom Carnegie passes away

Connecticut native served as voice of Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1946-2006

Carl Kenagy — known to race fans around the world as Tom Carnegie, the beloved longtime voice of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500 — passed away earlier this morning at the age of 91. He became IMS’ lead announcer in 1946 and stayed in that role for 61 years until his retirement in 2006.

His deep voice and elongated exclamations of “And he’s on it!” and “It’s a new track record!” have long been a part of Brickyard lore, cherished pieces of the annual, historical soundtrack of the Month of May.

In addition to his work with IMS, Carnegie had extensive tenures as sports director for Indianapolis television station WRTV and as a broadcaster for Indiana’s high school basketball championships. His career began in 1942, when he served as a radio announcer for WOWO in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He will be truly missed and his contributions will never be forgotten.


More details on the passing of Tom Carnegie can be found here and here. A great look back at Carnegie’s career — which was published shortly after his final ‘500’ — can be found here.