The role of the motorsports color commentator is a versatile and interesting one. Usually occupied by a former driver or crew member, it requires personalities to do whatever it takes to liven up the broadcast, whether that means adding insight during a race or filming goofy segments for the pre-race show.
As such, it's a difficult role to fill. Oftentimes, it requires these analysts, not frequently comedians, to play the role of both comic relief and the straight-laced play-by-play man. Those who succeed are often the most beloved members of the broadcast team, respected for their knowledge of the race and revered for keeping the presentation entertaining.
Of course, some color commentators are funniest because of their gaffes in the booth, and they're represented here too. But for the most part, these TV personalities make viewers laugh by doing a good job of balancing the race play-by-play with humor.