ESPN has announced that there will be some changes to the way the 2010 NASCAR season will be announced, beginning with the NASCAR Nationwide Series opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 13.
Marty Reid, who has been with ESPN for the last 28 years, will increase his job duties and join analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree in the booth as lap-by-lap announcer for ESPN’s 2010 NASCAR racing season.
Reid will call the action for all 17 of ESPN’s NASCAR Sprint Cup races as well as many of the network’s NASCAR Nationwide Series telecasts.
He was lap-by-lap announcer for ESPN’s IndyCar Series coverage and selected NASCAR Nationwide Series races in 2009.
In addition to his expanded role with NASCAR, Reid will continue as the lap-by-lap announcer for ESPN’s five-race IndyCar Series schedule, including the Indianapolis 500.
Dr. Jerry Punch will also join ESPN’s line up of pit reporters for 2010, after covering the sport for the last three years as a lap-by-lap announcer. Punch, who worked the pits for over 20 years, will help cover the Nationwide as well as the Sprint cup series races.
“This group gives us the most versatile and comprehensive team in motorsports, and strengthens us in the booth,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, studio and event production.
“We play to the strengths of our announcers, and Marty’s strength is calling the tactical aspects of the race while deferring to the analysts. “And from the early days of our NASCAR coverage, Jerry helped evolve the significant role that reporting from the pits plays,” Williamson said. “He will bolster our already-strong stable of pit reporters.”
All other members of the NASCAR on ESPN race coverage team will return in 2010, including analysts Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty, Tim Brewer and Ray Evernham, NASCAR Countdown host Allen Bestwick and pit reporters Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake and Vince Welch.
Detailed assignments and schedules will be announced later.