Bob Varsha

Hometown:
Atlanta GA
Status:
Member

Bob Varsha has been one of the premier radio and television commentators of the motoring world for four decades, with a résumé ranging from tractor pulls, powerboats and drag racing to World Rally, MotoGP, NASCAR, Indycar, IMSA and the WEC, including the endurance classics at Daytona, Sebring, Spa and Le Mans. He has hosted collector car auctions, vintage racing and the renowned Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. He is perhaps best-known for his 25-year tenure covering the Formula One World Championship. His work has appeared on every major American network, and numerous international signals as well.

A former world-class runner and graduate of Dartmouth College and Emory University School of Law, Bob received an unexpected opportunity with Turner Broadcasting in 1980, reporting both news and sports. That led to a job with the award-winning WTBS racing highlight show Motorweek Illustrated as a contributor and co-host alongside Dave Despain. It marked the beginning of his career in motorsports. Along the way he was invited by ESPN to handle coverage of IMSA sports cars, including the legendary Camel GT series. In 1987 the network assigned him as a last-minute stand-in for Sir Jackie Stewart as broadcast host of the Austrian GP, and there Bob began his long association with grand prix racing, mostly spent alongside RRDC member David Hobbs. By 1990 Bob was a regular face and voice on ESPN thanks to a wide variety of non-automotive assignments including gymnastics, skiing, figure skating, and track and field.

In 1999 Bob resumed his F1 work at Speedvision/Outdoor Life, also adding cycling to his repertoire at the 2001 Tour de France. Following the acquisition, separation and relaunch of the networks by Fox Sports he focused almost exclusively on automotive content through the balance of his career with Speed Channel and Fox, including racing and documentary-style programs such as “Formula One Decade” and “Behind the Headlights.” He left the company in 2016.

Bob is currently a freelance media commentator, writer and speaker. His most recent project was serving as host for the world broadcast feed of the pioneering all-electric FIA ABB Formula E Championship.

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