It’s a tradition that continues to this day, the voice of the 500 talking with celebrities during the race broadcast. It’s more difficult to fit these in today because the cars are quicker and there are several more fuel stops than in the past but they’re still fun.
Here Sid interviews Hugh Downs: TV host, news anchor, producer etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Downs
This audio clip is from the IMS Network radio broadcast that I used in the Fantasy 500.
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Sid and Hugh Downs click here to listen