News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 11, 2011

NEW: Longtime Indy Speedway voice Tom Carnegie dies

Speedway owner Tony Hulman hired Carnegie in 1946


Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Longtime voice of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tom Carnegie has died. He was 91.

Carnegie also worked as a sportscaster for three decades at WRTV, which announced his death today. The station says Carnegie died this morning at his home in Indianapolis.

Carnegie, a Connecticut native whose legal name was Carl Kenagy, was the voice of the Speedway for six decades. He got his start in broadcasting at a Fort Wayne radio station in 1942 and was hired by Speedway owner Tony Hulman in 1946.

Carnegie retired from WRTV in 1985 but continued as the voice of the Speedway until 2006.

He was known for his signature calls: “Heeeeez-on-it!”  and “It’s a new track record!”