Veteran producer Jeff Ingalls has been part of ESPN’s NASCAR production team since the sport returned to ESPN in 2007. He serves as producer of NASCAR Countdown, the preview program that airs prior to all NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series race telecasts on the ESPN networks, and also produces the pre-race show for ABC’s Indianapolis 500 telecast.
The Chicago native first worked for ESPN from 1991-93 as a bureau producer in his home city, and then relocated to Los Angeles as a bureau producer for two years. He left ESPN in 1994 and spent several years working for CNN and for KCAL-TV in Los Angeles before returning to ESPN in 1998 as a studio producer at ESPN’s headquarters in Connecticut. Since 2001, Ingalls he has worked for ESPN as a producer on various projects.
Ingalls started his broadcasting career as a radio announcer at Bowling Green State University, where he did play-by-play for the university’s ice hockey team for four years after his own promising hockey career was cut short by a shoulder injury. Before the injury, he had played hockey since the age of four and had traveled nationally and internationally for competition. He still plays recreational hockey.
After college, he worked in production for Intersport Television in Chicago for two years before joining ESPN.
He won a Sports Emmy Award in 1995 for Best Sports Feature after producing a piece on former boxer Jerry Quarry’s struggle with dementia. He has received several more Emmy nominations.