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Meet Pat Patterson, "The Racing Guy"
Pat Patterson, better known as The Racing Guy has been a part of modern day motorsports for more than 28 years and it has taken him from the driver’s seat to the anchor desk. Beginning with the early days of being the public address announcer at a small track in Colorado, to hosting and producing the ground breaking television shows like RaceDay on TNN and On Pit Road. Patterson has been there, describing the action and talking to the history makers in motorsports. Along with television Pat has always had a passion for motorsports on radio as well. From NASCAR to the NHRA, Sports Cars and Sprints, Pat's been a part of the American motorsports broadcast scene.
Radio was where it all started for Pat working as a jock for WKZQ FM in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina when the opportunity to join the Performance Racing Network as a Pit Reporter set him on a path of motorsports broadcasting that continues today. Pat was a part of the beginnings of the Indy Car Radio Network and is still part of the team at the IMS Radio Network. Pat produced and syndicated his own radio shows during the 80's and early 90's and also sold all of his own advertising as well.
Pat spent many years as a motorsports promoter. In the 90's Pat and his company produced live programming and created the first ever Sprint Car World Series. This was a ten-race event that was aired on national cable for two seasons. It was the first time in history that sprint car racing had ever had live televised racing events. These events sparked the Winter Heat Series in the desert of AZ and gave new and upcoming racing talents their first national exposure. Pat was voted into the Sprint Car Hall of Fame twice as Media Member of the Year for his contribution to the series. Later, Pat was a part of the launch of Irwindale Speedway located in Irwindale, CA. These experiences gave Pat a unique insight into the business of promoting and staging racing events.
Pat found that talking about racing was great, but getting behind the wheel was even better. In the mid 90's Pat started with Legends Cars, moved to NASCAR Late Models, raced the NASCAR Dash Series and teamed with his partner Steve Portenga to win the NASCAR Southwest Tour Championship in 1998. Pat also did a considerable amount of road racing in SCCA and IMSA. In fact, Pat raced in the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 hours of Sebring, the Snowball Derby and the Copper World Classic at PIR. Pat got a taste of what few broadcasters ever dreamed of and those experiences provide Pat with a unique prospective in his life as a broadcaster today.
These days you can find The Racing Guy at the track and on the air all the time. Pat travels to more than 80% of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in his motorhome and broadcasts from the tracks weekly on ESPN Radio. RaceDay can be heard on the ESPN Radio Network and on ESPN.COM 6am to 7am on both Saturday's and Sundays, 52 weeks each year. Also, during the season Pat produces more than 100 weekly updates on racing for ESPN Radio. The shows keep everyone up to speed on NASCAR from the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Truck Series too. Opinion, results and interviews are a part of RaceDay on ESPN Radio each and every week.
Pat also is the host and producer of The Front Stretch on SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 which airs every Saturday and Sunday morning from 7am to 11am. This show gives the NASCAR audience a chance to sound off each week and talk directly to Pat about the sport they love! Pat is still a part of the Performance Racing Network, which broadcast more than 20 live NASCAR races each year from all the SMI tracks around the country and if you need to find Pat online just head over to www.theracingguy.com.
Pat owns Patterson Group Inc, which is based in Port Orange, Fl. His company manages the motor sports broadcast properties and also develops motorsports marketing and advertising programs for corporate clients and drivers.
Pat is always on the road from NASCAR to Indy Cars, from the dirt to the road courses, and from drag racing to short tracks. Pat's right in the middle of it all. That's why they call him The Racing Guy!