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Uncle Joe Benson at work & play at the California Speedway - 11/2001.

Since it's opening in 1997, Joe Benson has been the voice of the California Speedway. In that role, he handles the master of ceremonies duties for race day, as well as doing play-by-play announcing with his old friend Shawn Parr.

November 2-4, 2001: Joe Benson announced all weekend at The Marlboro 500 presented by Toyota at the California Speedway in Fontana. There was an Uncle Joe Meet & Greet in between races on Saturday during Maggie McKay's live ARROW 93 broadcast. Later that evening, J.B. spoke with ol' buddy Michael Anthony of Van Halen as Michael joined CART driver Kenny Brack on stage for a jam session. The night finished off with the Doobie Brothers on the CART Concert Stage, and an encore with Joe and Jan Benson singing backing on "Listen to Music." As if that wasn't enough, Sunday's race had a record 73 lead changes, a win by seven-thousandths of a second, and a payout of $1 million to the winner. Now that, my friends, is racing!!

(Photos by 'Digital' Bill McDermott.)

Happy & proud.
Guy talk.
Hello girls.
You think so?.
Signing hats.
Signing shirts.

Uncle Joe talking with folks.

Joe & Shawn2
Joe & Shawn3

The California Speedway Announcing Brothers:
Joe Benson & Shawn Parr.

Joe interviews a tire

Some interviews are harder than others.

Joe & Maggie
Joe & Maggie2
the Z
the Z

Joe & Maggie & the Z!

Saturday evening sky.
Joe's friends.

Saturday night at the Speedway.

Kenny Brack.
Michael Anthony.
Drummer Joe.
Michael Anthony & Kenny Brack.
Michael Anthony, Brian Herta & J.B.

Guitarist Kenny Brack, bassist Michael Anthony,
occasional vocalist Brian Herta,
and Uncle "wishes he was a drummer" Joe.

Waiting for the Doobies.
The Doobies.

The Doobie Brothers!

Singing with the Doobies4.
Singing with the Doobies5.

"Listen To The Music"

Pit stop

Right in the midst of it all.


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