Jenkins’ commentary of the 1992 Indy 500 finish between Al Unser Jr and Scott Goodyear – the second closer in history at 0.43sec – became iconic in American open-wheel racing.
“Bob Jenkins had an incredible passion for racing and his enthusiasm, combined with his genuine love and knowledge of the sport, endeared him to motorsports fans all over the world. To an entire generation, the sound of Bob’s voice simply meant it was time to go racing,” said IndyCar CEO Roger Penske. “That legendary voice became the soundtrack for the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We will miss Bob’s kindness, his professionalism and his unique ability to bring us all closer to the track with his stories and insights. Our thoughts are with Bob’s family and his many friends throughout the racing community and beyond.”
“Through all the successes, Bob never changed from what he truly was at heart – a race fan,” added IMS President J. Douglas Boles. “His humility and ability to always remain a fan – even when he was the top racing commentator in the sport – is why race fans around the world loved watching or listening to a race called by Bob Jenkins. He was one of us!”