AMERICA’s GOT TALENT judge Howie Mandel has yet another job — he’ll serve as honorary announcer at the 96th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27.
Mandel, 56, will start the countdown to the green flag by giving the famous command: “All cars to the grid!”
The time-honored tradition has executed for decades by the legendary “voice of the Speedway,” Tom Carnegie.
“I’m very honored to be chosen to call the cars to the grid at this year’s Indy 500 … for the 10th time, this being the first time I’ve actually gotten to do it on site,” Howie says. “The fans, teams and drivers will be waiting for me to give the command. It’ll be an experience of a lifetime that I’ll never forget.”
Said Jeff Belskus, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation: “This year is the start of the next 100 years for the most important race in motorsports. We’re entering this new era with a reinvigorated sport that is intent on evolving with the times. Howie Mandel will bring a unique entertainment value to the race that elevates its profile in a non-traditional arena before potential new fans.”
The 96th Indianapolis 500 airs on ABC at noon (ET) Sunday, May 27.
In addition to his duties at AGT, Howie is also producer of MOBBED on Fox and will host the new NBC game show HOWIE MANDEL’S WHITE ELEPHANT.