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. 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.
Here’s more with Paul and Randy and how you can get your hands on Paul’s newest book, “Hello, I am Paul Page “It’s Race Day in Indianapolis.”
His rise to fame followed a relentless pursuit of his dream, overcoming many obstacles along the way: dropping out of college, a detour during the Vietnam War, 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. But his heart was always in Indianapolis with the drivers, owners, and fans. Page weaves the history, tradition, and lore of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with his own story as he traces across six decades.
Page’s new book can be pre-ordered wherever books are sold—so please check your local bookstores and online bookstores. Also check for local listings in and near key INDY Race Car venues for possible virtual author signings, newspaper interviews, podcasts, radio and television appearances of the author in April and May 2021.
Quotes: “There are only a few non-driver’s names you hear that you immediately associate with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy 500, in particular. Paul Page is one of those iconic IMS figures. Through his voice, Paul . . . brought the excitement of the Indy 500 to fans from around the world. When I meet Indy 500 fans and ask them for their first memories of the 500, many credit Paul Page with introducing them to the event and planting the seeds of a lifelong love affair with the Indianapolis 500.”—Doug Boles, President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NOTE, April 28, 2016
“To this day, when I hear the voice of Paul Page, I feel like it is race day and our cars are about to take the green flag. For years, Paul has helped bring racing to life, taking his listeners and viewers inside the pit box and underneath the helmet with his passion for the sport and his insight into the personalities and the stories going on behind the scenes. He has narrated us through some of racing’s greatest performances and most dramatic moments. . . . But as skilled as he is describing the racing action, it is his unique way of creating a connection to the competitors while bringing the fans closer to our sport that has made him so special. I appreciate all that Paul has done to help take racing in new directions and I hope you enjoy looking back on his journey through motorsports” –Roger Penske, Winningest Indy Car team owner, and owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
About the Author: 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.