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 joins Maggie McKay for the
ARROW 93 broadcast.
Car owners Paul Newman & Carl Haas, and their driver Christian Fittipaldi
on the winner's podium.
J.B. and Paul Newman try not to stare at Carl Haas' cigar.
Marlboro 500 winner Christian Fittipaldi.
Second place Roberto Moreno
(wearing the Brazilian flag).
Joe with the 2000 CART FedEx Championship series
Champion, Gil DeFerran.
Olympic Gold Medalist Rulan Gardner about
to say "Gentlemen start your engines."
Two-time CART Champion Alex Zanardi hints
at his return to CART from Formula One.
Indy 500 winner, Formula One & CART Champion
Emerson Fittipaldi tells of his pride in his nephew Christian.
Old friend Paul Page of ESPN fame.
It's real early in the morning -- rise & shine!
Big boys talking about big cars.
2011 NASCAR Auto Club 400
2010 NASCAR Pepsi Max 400
2010 NASCAR Auto Club 500
2009 NASCAR Pepsi 500
2009 NASCAR Auto Club 500
2008 NASCAR Pepsi 500
2008 NASCAR Auto Club 500
2007 NASCAR Sharp Aquos 500
2007 NASCAR Auto Club 500
2006 NASCAR Sony HD 500
2006 NASCAR Auto Club 500
2005 AMA Superbikes
2005 NASCAR Auto Club 500
2004 IRL Toyota 400
2004 NASCAR Pop Secret 500
2004 NASCAR Auto Club 500
2004 AMA Superbikes
2004 CalClub Regional
2003 IRL 400
2003 NASCAR 500
2003 AMA Superbikes
2002 CART 500
2002 NASCAR 500
2002 IRL 400
2002 AMA Superbikes
2001 CART 500
2001 NASCAR 500
2000 CART 500
2000 NASCAR 500
1999 CART 500