Broadcaster Mark Jaynes has been confirmed as chief announcer for the Advanced Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network ahead of the start of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Jaynes 52, will become the ‘Voice of the 500’ in what is the 65th year in which the Advanced Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network. Jaynes replaces Paul Page who retired from the commentary booth at the end of the 2015 season.

Speaking following the announcement, Jaynes commented by saying:

I told Robby and Wally that they were in a position to make someone’s dream come true, and that’s certainly what they’ve done, It’s difficult to put it into words what this means.

Jaynes went on to say:

The most important thing to me is to make sure that the event is front and center, and not me, I think all of the chief announcers have done a tremendous job of that, and that’s what I want to continue. I hope to glean the passion and enthusiasm that they all felt for the race itself and the facility and the fans. There’s no other group of people that I would want to do this with and I don’t think there’s any group that would do it any better than we will,

All 16 races on the Verizon IndyCar Series calendar will be broadcast live on the Advanced Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network starting with Firestone Grand Prix of St Peterburg which takes place from March 11-13.

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