News & Multimedia

King Steps Down As IMS Radio Network Chief Announcer

Mike King will step down as chief announcer of the IMS Radio Network on Nov. 1 to focus on his family and other business responsibilities.

King has served since 1996 as the chief announcer of the IMS Radio Network for all IndyCar Series events other than the Indianapolis 500. He became the lead announcer for the Indianapolis 500 broadcast starting in 1999. King joined the network in 1995 as a pit reporter.

“I would like to thank the Hulman-George family and the entire INDYCAR family for an incredible 19 years with the IMS Radio Network,” King said. “Calling the Indy 500 and every other IndyCar Series race has fulfilled so many of my hopes and dreams. I loved every second of it, especially that special connection with the fans over the airwaves. But I’m also looking forward to this next phase of my life, including dedicating more time to my family, which always has been so understanding and supportive while I was on the road working with the network.”

King and his wife, Nicole, and their family live in Terre Haute, Ind., where King serves as marketing and public relations specialist at Union Hospital in Terre Haute.

“The demands of the new, compressed IndyCar Series schedule and my full-time duties at Union Hospital would be extremely difficult to juggle,” King said. “My performance at both would be impacted negatively.”

A search for a new IMS Radio Network chief announcer will begin immediately.

“Everyone in the INDYCAR community owes Mike King their congratulations for nearly two decades of excellence with the IMS Radio Network,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “His passion for open-wheel racing is evident to all listeners from the start of every one of his broadcasts. We appreciate all of his significant contributions to the growth of the IndyCar Series since its inception and respect and understand his desire to focus on other areas of his life.”

 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
King Steps Down As IMS Radio Network Chief Announcer
 
King Steps Down As IMS Radio Network Chief Announcer
Mike King will step down as chief announcer of the IMS Radio Network on Nov. 1 to focus on his family and other business responsibilities.
Read More
Related Media
Ed Carpenter
 
Pruett's Preview: Firestone 600, Continued
With the Verizon IndyCar Series and TMS left to halt the race after 72 laps (173 kilometers) and multiple delays due to bad weather, the ninth race on the 2016 tour will take the green flag after a 78-day hold. And with 177 laps (427km) left to complete, teams will receive two brief 10-minute warmup sessions before the field is placed into the positions each driver held on the last lap in June and sent into furious action at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Read More
Indy 500
 
101st Indianapolis 500, Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Highlighting 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series May Schedule
The series released its full 2017 schedule and it includes the iconic 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 28 and the fourth annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 13.
Read More
Ryan Hunter-Reay
 
Pruett's Preview: ABC Supply 500
Ryan Hunter-Reay didn’t want to celebrate his win at Pocono last year. And he wasn’t alone. Points and trophies were duly awarded after the checkered flag flew at the 2-mile superspeedway, but in light of the accident that would claim the life of his teammate Justin Wilson the following day, Pocono 2015 is more a reminder of what IndyCar lost than anything its finishers gained.
Read More
John Cooper
 
Remembering John Cooper
John Cooper, who died Wednesday at the age of 84, was a major player in the motorsports world, not just during his time from 1979-82 as the president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was the kind of man who knew not only the big sponsor developments of the day, but why Joe Smith missed Saturday night’s feature at the local dirt track. Cooper was as much of a racing enthusiast as a mover-and-shaker.
Read More
Indy 500 Snake Pit
 
Recap Video Brings Indy 500 Snake Pit Experience to Life
The Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light was the place to be this Memorial Day Weekend and the 2016 recap video shows exactly why. Click here for an up-close-and-personal look at this massive Race Day phenomenon that sold out for the very first time this year.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 1,213
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
RETWEET to congratulate @GrahamRahal on winning the closest #Firestone600 in @TXMotorSpeedway history! https://t.co/kbkf8b36g7
about 9 hours ago