Tom Carnegie, the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway commentator has sadly passed away at the age of 91.

Carnegie’s career as the circuit’s announcer spanned for an incredible 60 years, making his debut at the 1946 Indianapolis 500 and retiring after the 2006 event.

Carnegie had a distinctive style that made him popular with fans and those inside the sport during his career, and it was not surprising that tributes flowed from across the racing world.

“It is fair to say Carnegie probably deserves more credit than any other single human being for helping build the gigantic crowds that were drawn to the track for qualifications three and four decades ago,” a statement from the Indianpolis Motor Speedway reads.

“The impact of Tom Carnegie has been immeasurable, and his work will never be forgotten.”

Mari Hulman George, the chairman of the Speedway’s board said: “Millions of race fans who never met Tom still felt as if they knew him because of his distinctive voice and his passion for the Speedway, its events and its people.

"He provided the soundtrack for the greatest moments of 61 years at IMS, and he never will be forgotten … we will miss him dearly.”

Famed team boss Roger Penske also offered his condolences with his own tribute.

“Tom Carnegie was a true gentleman and a legend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and throughout the state of Indiana,” he said.

“For so many years his unmistakable voice signified the beginning of the month of May and the Indianapolis 500. We will certainly miss Tom and his spirit, his unique style of announcing and his passion for racing.”

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.