Ken Squier: NASCAR broadcasting legend dies at 88

The world of motorsports and broadcasting mourns the loss of Kenley Squier, the iconic American sportscaster from Waterbury, Vermont, who left a great legacy on NASCAR coverage.

Squier, aged 88, passed away on November 15, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and passion for the sport.

From 1979 to 1997, Squier served as the lap-by-lap commentator for NASCAR on CBS, and further extended his influence as a commentator for TBS from 1983 to 1999.

His impact was profound, becoming the first announcer to provide lap-by-lap commentary for the prestigious Daytona 500 in 1979.

It was during this time that he famously coined the term “The Great American Race” for the Daytona 500, solidifying its significance in the racing world.

Squier’s contributions extended beyond commentary; he played a pivotal role in introducing the Australian-developed in-car camera for the 1982 Daytona 500, revolutionizing the viewing experience for NASCAR enthusiasts.

His versatility as a sportscaster shone through as he announced CBS Sports’ occasional CART IndyCar broadcasts in the 1990s and hosted the 1982 Individual Speedway World Championship alongside Barry Briggs and pit reporter Dave Despain.

Squier’s influence reached international audiences as well. He hosted CBS’ “live flag-to-flag” coverage of American Formula One races in the 1980s, collaborating with David Hobbs and pit reporter Chris Economaki.

Beyond auto racing, Squier showcased his commentary prowess in various sports, including ice skating, golf, and tennis. His global impact was evident as he announced sporting events in countries like Australia, Japan, and Europe.

The broadcasting legend’s career was characterized by innovation, enthusiasm, and an unwavering dedication to motorsports.