From the Inside Flap
Jack Arute was a fresh-faced 18-year-old just out of high school when he made his first trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As a graduation present from his father, the two set out for the 1969 Indy 500.
When he walked through the gates, it was everything he thought it would be: Gasoline Alley in front of him. The yellow shirts blaring on their whistles to clear the way for the drivers passing through. He soaked it all in that day and took a hundred pictures. Arute realized that day
just how special Indy was and how he wanted to somehow be a part of it.
Arute eventually made that dream come true through his job as pit reporter for ABC Sports. From his initial fear of approaching A.J. Foyt in the garage as a cub reporter to waiting out Gil de Ferrans tears after he won the 87th running of the Indy 500, "Jackie" has seen it all. Jack Arutes Tales from The Indianapolis 500 chronicles the amazing moments, dramatic finishes, and high emotion of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
About the Author
Jack Arute is ABC Television Networks top pit reporter and has covered motorsports for ABC since 1984. He has also covered, Winston Cup, Formula One, CART, IROC Grand Prix Motorcycles, and Indy cars as a reporter. Arute, a five-time recipient of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association Award for Television, including AARWBAs 2002 award for Best Radio and Best Television Presentation, has also been cited for his TV work by the National Motorsports Press Association and received their Broadcaster of the Year award in 1988. In his spare time he competes in sprint car races, as well as serving as president of his familys NASCAR racetrack, the Stafford Motor Speedway. He is married to Wendy and they live in Suffied, Connecticut.
Jenna Fryer currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. She knew as a teenager she wanted to write about sports and got her chance as a journalism major at West Virginia University, where she covered the Mountaineers football team for the student newspaper. Since graduating in 1996, she has covered a range of sports, from Southeastern Conference football in the deep South to the high speeds of NASCAR. She attended her first Indy 500 in 2003.