Legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway announcer Bob Jenkins has revealed that he has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

Jenkins who has been the public announcer at the Speedway and Indianapolis 500 since 1979 revealed to the news during the latest edition of Behind The Bricks Extra with IMS President Doug Boles that on Christmas night, he woke up with a severe headache  and managed to make it to a hospital where he underwent a CAT scan but he said he had to go to another hospital to have an MRI.

Jenkins said that the first diagnosis given was that he had had a stroke and that the second diagnosis was that they had found two malignant in his right temple and that it is brain cancer.

Jenkins says he hopes with prayers and positive thoughts from race fans that he can beat the cancer just like he did when he had colane cancer in the 1980’s. Jenkins revealed that  although he is not retiring, due to the intense treatment of radiotherapy and chemotherapy he is undergoing he will be stepping back from some of his duties but remains hopeful that he can be at the Indianapolis 500 for his PA commitments.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J Douglas Boles twweted:

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