Live from the broadcast booth, Paul Page captured the excitement of 27 Indy 500 races, first as the Voice of the Indy 500 for the radio broadcast and then as chief announcer for the ABC telecast. Hello, I’m Paul Page, takes you from his first race as a pit reporter to his semi-retirement in 2016, generations of fans have witnessed the Greatest Spectacle in Racing as told by Paul Page.
In a life uniquely shaped by the Indy 500, Page fell in love with racing and the Speedway as a teenager, and it became his obsession. After receiving his first press pass in 1965, Page became a fixture in Gasoline Alley, and a trusted friend and confidante to generations of drivers, mechanics and owners.
His rise to fame followed a relentless pursuit of his dream, overcoming many obstacles along the way: dropping out of college, the suicide of his mentor, and recovering from a harrowing helicopter crash. No matter the setback, he used every opportunity to learn the trade of broadcast journalism and the sport of motor racing.
In a career that spanned ABC, NBC, CBS, and ESPN, Page wore a headset for every imaginable race and contest: from Indy cars to drag racers, from the Olympics to the America s Cup, and from the X-Games to Nathan s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Page weaves the history, tradition, and lore of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as he traces across six decades. He introduces the great personalities of the Speedway with many candid moments. He tells great stories from broadcast booths around the world, and slices of life as a young reporter in Indianapolis.
About the Authors
Paul Page is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who has been nominated for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of the Russo Founders Award, the highest honor from the American Auto-Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association. His television coverage of the Indianapolis 500 twice received the Emmy for Outstanding Live Sports Special. He has also been nominated for the Sportscasters Hall of Fame. He received many Associated Press and other awards during his time as a radio journalist. He lives in Indianapolis.
J.R. Elrod is a writer in Indianapolis with a background in law and politics.