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A look behind the voices you may hear at the Grand Prix.

By JOHN C. COTEY
Published April 1, 2005


GIL DE FERRAN

ABOUT: The Brazilian begins his first season as a lead analyst after working on several ESPN and ESPN2 Indy 500 programs and select IndyCar races in 2004. He competed for nine years in open-wheel racing in the United States before retiring in 2003, the same year he won the Indianapolis 500. In 160 career starts, de Ferran won 12 times, grabbed 21 poles and had 50 top-three finishes. He was won consecutive CART Championships in 2000-01.

SCOTT GOODYEAR

ABOUT: Goodyear is the veteran of the ABC/ESPN group, returning for his fourth season with the networks. A former IndyCar driver, he started his professional racing career in 1980. He was a top competitor at the Indy 500, notching five top-20 finishes, and won three IndyCar Series races for Panther Racing from 1998-2000. He was second in the closest Indy 500 finish ever (by 0.043 seconds) to Al Unser Jr. in 1992. Led Indy with nine laps left in 1995 before he passed the pace car on a restart; he finished 14th after the ensuing penalty.

TODD HARRIS

ABOUT: Harris will call the IRL races this season, replacing Paul Page. It is his first year in the booth; he worked as a pit reporter last year. Harris joined ABC in 1999 as a sideline reporter for college football, and worked the Orange Bowl in January. He may be best known for his work on ESPN's World Strongest Man telecasts, and has also called Supercross races for ESPN. The BYU graduate is considered one of ABC/ESPN's rising stars.

-JOHN C. COTEY, Times staff writer