Prior to those duties, he was the lead play-by-play announcer for ABC and ESPN's coverage of the Indy Racing League's IndyCar Series. He has also called motocross, supercross, and X Games coverage on ESPN, and has been the lead announcer for the World's Strongest Man competition.
Harris is a 1990 graduate of Brigham Young University, Graduating with honors with a major of Communications . He is a Southern California native but grew up in Portland, Oregon were he was a standout high school athlete. He began his broadcasting career as a weekend anchor/reporter for WBKO-TV in Bowling Green, KY.
In 2005, Harris was promoted to be ABC and ESPN's new lap-by-lap announcer of the IRL, replacing Paul Page. Fans who met the popular Page (widely considered as the voice for U.S. open wheel racing) at events after the announcement said he was shocked and disappointed by the decision. Other race fans believe Disney has made bad calls with announcers, first with Bob Jenkins leaving the network after the 2003 season, and also with pit reporters Jack Arute, Jr., son of the Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway owner, and Jerry Punch, who substituted for Jenkins frequently on NASCAR broadcasts in the late 1990s, including Dale Earnhardt, Sr.'s last NASCAR win in 2000, whom some believed should have taken the role of lap-by-lap.
Both conversations can be found on this page Harris' is listed fourth, Zipay's right below. However, you must have a subscription to listen.
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