Kevin Lee has a great connection to race fans, serving as the host and pit reporter for NBC network's coverage of the NTT INDYCAR Series. Kevin, who has been a RPM tour guide since 2000, has served as a pit reporter for the IMS Radio Network covering the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Brickyard 400. Kevin has covered the 500 since 1993 and INDYCAR’s full season since 2004. He co-hosts “Trackside”, an evening weekly motorsports show that airs on FM 107.5 and "1070 the Fan". Kevin is also a radio/TV broadcaster for the Indiana Pacers and Indiana/Colts Radio/1070 The Fan).
Jerry Jordan is the producer for PRN's Garage Pass radio show and the host of "Kickin' the Tires" - a radio show on one of the largest radio stations in the Houston, TX region. He also is the editor of Kickin' the Tires, an online Web site dedicated to motorsports coverage with a focus on NASCAR. Having worked in the industry since 2001, Jerry served as the PR Director for a Camping World Truck Series team. His background is in investigative reporting and in-depth hard news coverage.
As the recipient of hundreds of writing awards, including being named the best investigative reporter, education reporter, business writer and general news reporter in the United States by the National Newspaper Association, he is honored to have been awarded two National Motorsports Press Association awards for his NASCAR coverage. Additionally, one of his stories recently led to a federal investigation of of a charity head that used NASCAR and its drivers to raise money.
Beyond Jerry’s impeccable knowledge of racing, your guests will enjoy his amicable and gregarious personality.
Brian Carroccio, a senior columnist for New Jersey-based subscription motorsports publication AutoRacing1, joined RPM Tours in 2014. Since 2012, Brian has penned more than 300 feature articles covering a variety of motorsports disciplines including NASCAR, INDYCAR, Formula One, and Global Rallycross that have appeared on the home page of AutoRacing1.com. He is also a credentialed member of both the NTT INDYCAR Series and NASCAR Cup Series.
Personally, Brian makes his home in Rockville, MD with his wife Allison and two children.
Dave Ross, who has conducted NASCAR garage and pit tours for five seasons for RPM Tours, is a pundit, prognosticator, agitator and commentator. Dave “The Race DR” Ross became a rabid fan of stock car racing when he lived in Charlotte, NC in the 80’s. But it wasn’t until the year 2000 that Dave began his broadcasting career (on a bit of a dare) in San Diego, CA at the all-sports radio station XTRA-AM, Extra Sports 690. He hosted their weekly show “Track Smack”, which led to on-air feature spots at various markets starting in Chicago, Toledo, Charleston, SC; Springfield, MA; Wilmington, NC; and in Greensboro, NC. Dave spent 3 years hosting "Inside Track" on the national sports network Sporting News Radio. In 2011 Dave hosted “The Late Shift” with racing legend Buddy Baker on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio CH 90. Dave stepped down from those hosting duties at the end of 2011, but still hosts shows when his schedule allows on the channel. You can read his musings at WWW.THERACEDR.COM.
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Lewis Franck is well known in INDYCAR, NASCAR and F1, with a racing career spanning over thirty five years. Lewis is a “celebrity magnet”, often stopped by drivers, owners, and dignitaries of the sport for a chat, even in the midst of conducting a RPM tour with a group in tow. A former New York attorney, Lewis is an award winning journalist who has covered motorsports, first as a photographer and then as a long standing writer. Initially, he wrote his own column in Inside Sports, before moving on to Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, and Autoweek.com. Additionally, he's hosted blogs and chats at ESPN.com. Lewis is the US-based motorsports writer for Reuter’s newswire service. Always knowledgeable with inside information and a great story teller, he’s served as the color commentator for a number of race broadcasts. Additionally, Lewis has been honored to be a panelist deciding the Driver of the Year Award.
Lucille Dust is an Indiana native who successfully turned her passion for racing into employment as a television spotter for camera operators and pit announcers. Lucille always knows the latest news about the drivers and teams from her close association with series participants. Lucille has conducted tours for RPM since 2005. Most recently she contributes to AutoRacing1.com by writing articles and updating rumors for the popular web site. Additionally, she has served as a board member of racing charities, organizing and raising funds for such causes as Methodist and Riley’s Children’s hospitals.
Outside racing, Lucille consults as a computer systems analyst and programmer.
Jake Query, an Indianapolis native, always makes friends of everyone he meets. Jake became an RPM tour guide in 2010, having first joined the IMS Radio Network as a pit reporter in 2007. He serves as a turn announcer for all Indianapolis Motor Speedway events and rotates between the turns and pits for all other NTT INDYCAR Series races. Jake reports from the pits for the NBC network broadcasts of the Indy Lights series.
Jake, who hosted the “Morning News” on WIBC and anchored Fox Sports Net and WRTV-TV, can be currently heard as the co-host on WNDE 1260 AM Sports Radio’s afternoon talk show in Indianapolis. A graduate of Indiana University, Jake developed his passion for racing when he attended his first Indy 500 in 1981.
Patrick Stephan has covered INDYCAR racing in depth for Trackside Online as the editor/writer for over a decade. He also serves as a pit announcer or spotter for the IMS Radio Network. He is first with the news on what is happening with drivers, teams, and officials. Patrick loves entertaining guests with his great sense of humor and is an accomplished RPM guide, having performed numerous tours for team sponsors and hospitality programs for more than ten years.
Patrick and his young family live just outside Denver, Colorado, where he works for VISA.
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Sheron Arnold is one of RPM’s most experienced guides, having led VIPs on tours since the mid-90s. Sheron serves as a race official in INDYCAR’s Timing & Scoring division. Her passion for racing has grown since she was five years old, attending races with her family as the only girl in five generations. An Indianapolis resident, Sheron is active in her church and community.
Mary Mendez founded RPM Tours in 1992, recognizing the need to enlighten VIP guests attending a race who might not otherwise have exposure or an understanding of racing. After volunteering in Timing & Scoring in the mid-80s, Mary went on to support pit announcers for the CART Radio Network, completed a stint in that role herself, and worked as the chief spotter for TV, supporting announcers in the booth or pits for fourteen seasons. She is also an award winning journalist, writing for several motorsports publications for the past 24 years, including penning her own column, “Get A Grip” for Inside Track Motorsport News.
As the third generation in a family of racers, Mary naturally developed her passion for racing. Her father, George Bignotti, is the winningest chief mechanic, whose career spanned five decades with 7 Indy 500 victories and six national championships starting with A.J. Foyt. And her grandfather, Louis Meyer, is the first three-time Indianapolis 500 winner (1928, 1933, 1936). Mary worked for Doug Shierson Racing as their team scorer for two seasons, supporting Arie Luyendyk’s 1990 Indy 500 victory.
Having conducted hundreds of tours, Mary has never grown tired of teaching VIPs about racing and seeing how their facial expressions change when they start to grasp what’s involved. When an incident happens in a race that she’s discussed, she can’t help but smile, knowing the guests on her tour are now talking about just what she said might happen.
Lee Spencer is an award winning journalist covering NASCAR for more than twenty years. She is a contributor to FOX Sports, the Sporting News & most recently Motorsport.com, the third largest racing website in the world. Lee also is a weekly contributor to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Network. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable about the sport, her familiarity with many of the personalities in racing often creates opportunities for her group to interact with them. She always seems to gain access to restricted areas, such as touring a hauler where the normal tour group is not allowed.
Mark Jaynes loves to turn guests into race fans by conducting tours whenever he gets the chance. An RPM guide for more than a decade, Mark is the host and anchor announcer for the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network that airs every race. Mark becomes just the sixth "Voice of the 500" for the 106th running as the radio network enters its 70th season, following Sid Collins, Paul Page, Lou Palmer, Bob Jenkins and Mike King.
In his 25th season for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network, Mark has called the action from the turns and backstretch for all the NTT INDYCAR Series events, NASCAR’S Brickyard 400, and anchored the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. Over the years, he has covered USAC, World of Outlaws, US F2000, Star Mazda and karting events. During his broadcasting career, Mark has served as a morning show co-host, news director, and sports director.
Growing up in Monrovia, Indiana, Mark recalls his interest in racing evolved from listening on the radio to live broadcasts of the Indy 500 from his backyard. When not covering racing or sports, he teaches young broadcasters at a student operated television station at Beech Grove High School in Indianapolis and works in the school’s athletic department.