Indianapolis native Vince Welch joined the ESPN team covering the IndyCar Series in 1999 as a pit reporter. He has been involved with coverage of the series, on both TV and radio, since its formation in 1996. Welch has also been a pit reporter for ESPN’s NASCAR coverage since 2007.
In addition to his motorsports duties for ESPN, Welch also has worked as a college football sideline reporter for the network.
Welch, formerly the sports director for WIBC Radio in Indianapolis, has been in broadcasting for more than 25 years. His career began in 1986 at a radio station in Richmond, Ind., and then he went into television in 1990 at CBS affiliate WISH-TV in Indianapolis as a sports anchor/reporter.
After more than five years at WISH, he moved to Indianapolis’ WNDY-TV, an independent station that focused on live sports event coverage. He did play-by-play for a variety of levels of football, basketball, baseball and tennis and won a regional Emmy in 1992 for sports programming. He started at WIBC in 1999 and broke one of the biggest sports stories ever in Indiana, the firing of Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight in 2000.
Welch began live motorsports coverage work in 1996 when he joined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network. He worked as both a pit reporter and turn announcer on broadcasts of the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 from the speedway, as well as Indy Racing League events from other locations.
His motorsports work expanded to TV as a pit reporter on IRL telecasts by Fox Sports Net and TNN in 1999. When the series returned to ESPN late in 1999, Welch came with it and has been with the network ever since.
In addition to his work with ESPN, Welch also is the play-by-play voice for the Ball State University Sports Network, which broadcasts BSU basketball throughout the Midwest. He is a graduate of the university, located in Muncie, Ind.
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