Wallace, Reid joining ESPN IRL coverage team

Updated: January 26, 2006, 5:01 PM ET
ESPN.com

Rusty Wallace and Marty Reid will be part of ESPN and ABC Sports' IndyCar broadcasting team this year.

Wallace, a former NASCAR champion, will join veteran announcer Reid in the booth, along with returning analyst Scott Goodyear and pit reporters Jack Arute, Dr. Jerry Punch and Jamie Little.

"This new team gives us the ability to thoroughly cover the Indy Racing League in an entertaining and informative way," said ESPN executive vice president of studio and remote production Norby Williamson "The addition of Rusty and Marty will give our coverage a fresh approach; one which I believe racing fans will appreciate and enjoy. And Scott's experience, expertise and insights, based on his success as a driver and an analyst, will be invaluable to our viewers."

Reid has covered motorsports since 1982 and has worked races including NASCAR, Formula One, NHRA drag racing and more. He called ESPN's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races in 1999-2000 and has hosted NHRA races since 2001.

Wallace won the NASCAR title in 1989 and won 55 races during his career. Wallace drove the last 15 years for Roger Penske, the winningest car-owner in Indy 500 history. In 2007, he will be an analyst on ESPN and ABC Sports' coverage of NASCAR, beginning in 2007.

"My goal is to help NASCAR and the IndyCar Series grow, so I'm looking forward to calling the Indy 500 and the IndyCar Series races. This will certainly diversify my knowledge of racing, so I consider it a great opportunity. And while I'll be new to it, it will be great," said Wallace.

Brent Musburger will host three live IRL races, including the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 this year.