Paul Page is an American motorsports broadcaster who was the lead announcer of ABC Sports’ coverage of the Indianapolis 500 from 1988 to 2004 and 1977 to 1987 on radio. Page was reassigned to cover other events for the ESPN family of networks, notably the X Games, NHRA, and has quietly become a fixture calling the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. He called both IRL and Champ Car races, including Champ Car’s first race, with among others, Bob Jenkins, Sam Posey, Bobby Unser, Danny Sullivan, Arie Luyendyk, Gil de Ferran and Scott Goodyear. In 1989 and 1990 his work was awarded two Emmy’s for the coverage of the Indianapolis 500. He also was host / play by play in shows or series that garnered 13 other Emmy’s.
Paul gave the opening introduction to Papyrus’s IndyCar Racing & IndyCar Racing II video game, released in 1995. Page also was selected to be the short-phrase commentator for the Destruction Derby 2 wrecking/racing video game of 1996.
From 1974-1987, Page served on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network. Page served as a pit reporter from 1974-1976, and as Chief Announcer from 1977-1987. Page served as anchor of auto racing telecasts on NBC from 1977-1987. He also worked on NBC’s “Sportsworld.”
In 2006, Page split announcing duties with Marty Reid on ESPN’s coverage of NHRA Drag Racing, sharing duties with Reid, whilst Reid is on assignment, ironically calling the Indy Racing League.
Page’s broadcasting career began on WIBC-AM in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1968. On December 1, 1977, while doing a helicopter traffic report, Page was nearly killed in an accident, as he crashed near Speedway, Indiana High School.
Page grew up in Stuttgart, Germany as a military brat, and is married to fellow broadcaster Sally Larvick. He served six years in the U.S. Army. His son, Brian, is a race engineer with Andretti Green Racing. His daughter Marlo works with jewelry designer Jill Platner in New York.