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Uncle Joe Benson at work & play at the California Speedway - 10/2000.

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.

October 27-30, 2000: Uncle Joe announced the CART FedEx Marboro 500 presented by Toyota (and two other season finale races) at California Speedway in Fontana. What a weekend!! Due to a rain-delay, an extra day was added to finish an extremely exciting race (59 lead changes among 12 drivers in 500 miles). With 950hp Champ Car engines blowing up left and right due to high speeds, only six of 26 cars finished the whole 500 miles. Christian Fittipaldi won the race and a million dollars, while Gil DeFerran won the Championship and another million dollars (he also set a closed-course World Speed Record of 241.428mph!!!).
All weekend long, the Uncle Joe's Racing EZ Lube Nissan 300ZX on display at the ARROW 93 booth. In between qualifying and racing Saturday, Joe visited his old friend Maggie McKay on-air as she broadcast live -- fun, fun, fun!
Also, Saturday evening J.B. hosted a musical performance by his old buddy Paul Rodgers (of Bad Company) in the infield, followed by a spectacular fireworks show.

(Photos by Jan Benson & Bill 'Digital' McDermott)

Joe talking, Maggie McKay doubting.

Joe joins Maggie McKay for the
ARROW 93 broadcast.

The winners

Car owners Paul Newman & Carl Haas, and their driver Christian Fittipaldi
on the winner's podium.

Joe & Paul Newman

J.B. and Paul Newman try not to stare at Carl Haas' cigar.

Joe & Christian Fittipaldi

Marlboro 500 winner Christian Fittipaldi.

Joe & Roberto

Second place Roberto Moreno
(wearing the Brazilian flag).

Joe & Gil
Gil & trophy

Joe with the 2000 CART FedEx Championship series
Champion, Gil DeFerran.

Rulan Gardner

Olympic Gold Medalist Rulan Gardner about
to say "Gentlemen start your engines."

Alex Zanardi

Two-time CART Champion Alex Zanardi hints
at his return to CART from Formula One.

Emerson Fittipaldi

Indy 500 winner, Formula One & CART Champion
Emerson Fittipaldi tells of his pride in his nephew Christian.

Paul Page

Old friend Paul Page of ESPN fame.

Joe in winner's square

It's real early in the morning -- rise & shine!

Big boys

Big boys talking about big cars.


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Nissan 600ZX

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On The Road

'12 Grand National Roadster Show

'11 Home Depot - Monrovia

'11 O.C. Fair

'11 O.C. Fair
Pat Benatar

'11 Blood

'11 O.C. Fair
Paul Rodgers

'11 O.C. Fair
Steve Miller &
Duff Goldman

'11 O.C. Barrett-Jackson

'11 Ridemakerz

Alex Xydias Center

'11 Jethro Tull

Home Depot - Orange

Performance Bicycle

BBQ @Shannon's

Home Depot - Marina Del Rey

'11 Long Beach
Grand Prix

Auto Club 400

Pep Boys
Speed Shop

'11 NHRA

Monster Trucks!

Larry's Pick-Up Truck

'11 Grand National
Roadster Show

Ozzy Osbourne

'10 NHRA Finals

in Torrance

Pepsi 400

La Mirada
Home Depot

'10 L.A. Fair
Bad Company

John Bonham

Steve Miller
Kids Rock Free

'10 L.A. Fair
Monster Trucks
& C.C.R.

Axes & Axles
Hot Rod Show

BBQ @Kevin's


'10 O.C. Fair
Styx/ZZ Top

'10 Blood Drive

in Walnut

Steve Miller/
Greek Theatre

5th of July

Rush's Star

Fathers Day

'10 Long Beach
Grand Prix

Auto Club 500

'10 NHRA

'10 Grand National
Roadster Show


'09 NHRA Finals

Steve Miller/

Pepsi 500

'09 L.A. Fair
Lynyrd Skynyrd

Abbey Road

'09 Blood Drive

'09 Kentucky Derby

'09 Long Beach
Grand Prix

Auto Club 500

'09 NHRA

'09 Grand National
Roadster Show

'08 NHRA Finals

Pepsi 500

Carl Edwards

'08 Jethro Tull

All-Star Party

'08 Long Beach
Grand Prix

'08 Super Chevy

'08 Goodguys
Costa Mesa

Auto Club 500

'08 NHRA

'08 Grand Nat.
Roadster Show

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