Tom Carnegie dies at the age of 91 years

February 12th, 2011 - 1:27 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Indianapolis, Feb 11 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Veteran commentator Tom Carnegie has died.

The 91-year-old’s sportscasting career spanned a period of three decades during which he worked for the WRTV. WRTV announced the death of Carnegie on Friday. He died on Friday at his home.

For years, Carnegie’s signature calls of “It’s a new track record!” and “Heeeeez-on-it!” during his days at Indianapolis Motor Speedway made him famous. He worked for the race track for more than six decades.

Carnegie started his broadcasting career at the Fort Wayne radio station back in 1942. He however got hired by the Highway owner Tony Hulman to provide the voice for the race track back in 1946.

Carnegie continued to give his voice to the Speedway deep into his old age. It was as recent as 2006 that he retired his voice from Speedway. He had earlier quit his career as broadcaster with WRTV in 1985.

He also had a small stint with acting when he appeared in the 1986 movie Hoosiers. He played the PA announcer in the movie.

He was born to a Baptist minister on the 25th of September, 1919. Funeral announcements have not been announced.

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