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This one hits home.

Bob Jenkins wasn’t just an IndyCar broadcasting pioneer. He was a loved one to many, a vocal friend to millions, and a role model for all of us.

The great television and radio broadcaster of the Indianapolis 500 succumbed to brain cancer on Monday; Dying at the age of 73.

Cancer is an enemy.

Unfortunately, nearly every single one of us can say they know someone close to them who has either battled or fell victim to cancer. And for all of us here in the 317, we sadly will say that about Bob.

Writing this story, Stuart Scott’s famous last big public words when he received the Jimmy V Award at the 2014 ESPYS ring true.

“When you die, it does not mean you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.”

Of course, Bob Jenkins lived with a passion for painting pictures without a brush, or even an easel.

He did it with his words.


For someone who called the greatest and fastest spectacle in the world, Bob always took things at his own pace. As someone who impacted each person he came across in a positive manner.

In the end, many will remember Jenkins for the excitement of his voice at the end of the most thrilling sporting events of all time. But many as well, will remember him as a dear friend.