February 11th, 2011

Legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway announcer Tom Carnegie has died.  Carnegie passed away at the age of 91.  He served as the voice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for more than 60 years, taking the job in 1946. He was hired by track owner Tony Hulman to announce the first race under Hulman’s ownership.  Something not known by many was that he was born Carl Kenagy on September 25, 1919. A manager at the Fort Wayne radio station where he worked changed his on-air name to Tom Carnegie. His Indianapolis sports history extended beyond the Brickyard.  He was the announcer at Hinkle Fieldhouse when Milan High School won the 1954 state basketball championship on Bobby Plump’s infamous shot, which became the basis for the movie “Hoosiers.”  His voice will always resonate throughout the rafters of Hinkle Field House where he was PA for many classic hardwood basketball state finals.  SHARE YOUR MOST MEMORABLE TOM CARNEGIE MOMENTS AND MEMORIES WITH “500 LEGENDS”.  GOD SPEED TOM CARNEGIE!

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