On April 2, Indiana Landmarks welcomes Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Jenkins and two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Al Unser, Jr., to the Indiana Landmarks Center stage to chat about racing and the culture and history of the famed Brickyard, a National Historic Landmark.
Recognized as a top race broadcaster on both radio and television, Indiana native Jenkins was one of the first on-air employees of the ESPN cable network when it launched in 1979. For years he anchored NASCAR races on ESPN and ABC – including the first seven Brickyard 400s – as well as ESPN’s popular Thunder series broadcasts of USAC Sprint and Midget car events, and ESPN’s SpeedWeek. From 1990 to 1998, Jenkins served as chief announcer for the worldwide Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network broadcast of the Indianapolis 500. Before retiring in 2012, Jenkins anchored IndyCar races broadcast by the Versus network (now NBCSN).
A product of one of racing’s most storied families, “Little Al” followed in the footsteps of his father and uncle to become a repeat champion at the Brickyard, winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1992 and 1994. As a rookie in 1983, he became the first racer to compete against his father in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” and while competing in his 19th Indianapolis 500 in 2007, Unser moved into third place in the all-time “laps completed” standings (3,173), surpassed only by his father and A.J. Foyt.
Jenkins will interview Unser on stage in the Grand Hall at Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Avenue in Indianapolis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with cash bar and light refreshments available; talk begins at 6 p.m. No reserved seating.
The talk is free with RSVP. Reserve your spot at bit.ly/TalkingTrack2020, or by calling 317-639-4534.
Indiana Automotive, an Indiana Landmarks affinity group, sponsors the talk. Indiana Automotive welcomes members interested in early auto visionaries and the preservation of the cars they made, their factories, showrooms, and homes, and the landscaped parkways and roadside architecture birthed by the auto age. Details at https://www.indianalandmarks.org/about/indiana-automotive/.
WHAT: Talking Track with Bob Jenkins and Al Unser, Jr.
WHEN: April 2, 6-8 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Indiana Landmarks Center, Grand Hall, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis
RSVP: Free but reservations required. RSVP by visiting bit.ly/TalkingTrack2020, or by calling 317-639-4534.
Mindi Woolman, Director of Communication and Marketing, Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534, firstname.lastname@example.org
Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects us to our heritage, and saves meaningful places. With nine offices located throughout the state, Indiana Landmarks helps people rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns. People who join Indiana Landmarks receive its bimonthly magazine, Indiana Preservation. For more information on the not-for-profit organization, call 317-639-4534, 800-450-4534, or visit www.indianalandmarks.org.
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