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 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.
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 Verizon IndyCar Series races. Jake reports from the pits for the NBC Sports Network broadcasts of the Firestone 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.
Kevin Olson brings a unique perspective to the tours he performs for RPM from his own cockpit experience. He competed as a driver at a young age, racing quarter midgets and then stock cars while still in high school. Since 1970, Kevin has won over 100 midget races and 5 championships, including the USAC National Midget Championship in 1982 and 1987. Kevin was inducted into USAC National Midget Hall of Fame in 1998 and still currently competes now in his 47th season.
Kevin joined the IMS Radio Network in 2005 as a pit announcer for both INDYCAR and NASCAR events. He has enthusiastically conducted tours since 2006, always seeming to get his group of guests into places the fans normally cannot access.
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 chief announcer for the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network that airs every race. Mark becomes just the sixth "Voice of the 500" for the 100th running as the radio network enters its 65th season, following Sid Collins, Paul Page, Lou Palmer, Bob Jenkins and Mike King.
In his 20th season for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network, Mark has called the action from the turns and backstretch for all the Verizon IndyCar Series events, NASCAR’S Brickyard 400, and anchored the Firestone Indy Lights. 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.
Sophie Bergeron can be found behind the pit wall on race weekends as part of the crew. Growing up in Montreal, she spent time in the F1 pits thanks to her neighbor, a mechanic for Ligier. Hooked, she went on to become a course marshal serving at all levels, including flagging, scrutineering, timing and scoring, and even race control.
While pursuing her degree at McGill University, a school associated with the International Council of Motorsports Science, she became a lab assistant for Human Performance International where she participated in performance evaluations of Ayrton Senna, Sterling Marlin, Patrick Carpentier, and other drivers.
Sophie has worn hats in many team roles, including public relations, hospitality, and sponsor relations. She has also served as a television censor and a spotter for pit announcers.
Now a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, where she is a teacher in charge of French Immersion programs, she’s also a bilingual RPM guide for over a decade, offering VIPs a rare viewpoint from a team perspective.
Sophie, who has held the sign driver board over the wall while cars pass by at 220 mph, says, “You cannot be much closer to the action than when standing behind the outside pit wall on the front stretch at Indy!”
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.
Dave Ross, who has conducted NACAR garage and pit tours for four 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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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 18 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 what she said.
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.
Sheron Arnold is one of RPM’s most experienced guides, having led VIPs on tours since the mid-90s. Sheron starts her 27th season 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.
Kevin Lee has a great connection to race fans, serving as the host and pit reporter for NBC Sports Network's coverage of the IZOD IndyCar Series. Kevin, who has been a RPM tour guide since 2000, serves 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 aired 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).
Dave Reininger has spent over a decade working for a number of teams as the spotter for various drivers, including three-time Indy 500 winner and four-time IndyCar champion, Dario Franchitti. Required on ovals, these spotters notify the driver via radio of any danger ahead. Dave joined RPM four seasons ago and is an accomplished guide. Always on top of the latest information, he is a writer for Trackside Online.com and can be heard every Wednesday night from 6 to 8 pm on “In the Pits” at from 6 to 8 pm on “In the Pits” at www.inthepitsmedia.com.
Dave works in telecommunications at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.
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Lewis Franck is well known in INDYCAR, NASCAR and F1, with a racing career spanning over thirty 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 hosts blogs and chats at ESPN.com. Lewis is the US-based motorsports writer for Reuter’s newswire. 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 is honored to be a panelist deciding the Driver of the Year Award.