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Fox Sports names Jamie Little play-by-play announcer for 2021 ARCA Menards Series

-- Press Release : Fox Sports --

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – First it was the Indianapolis 500. Then the DAYTONA 500. And in 2021, it’s the ARCA Menards Series play-by-play role, as FOX NASCAR’s Jamie Little makes broadcasting history by becoming the first woman named as the television voice of a national motorsports series.

FOX Sports today announces Little will handle play-by-play duties for the series beginning with the season-opener from Daytona in February.

Little, entering her 20th year of broadcasting in 2021, teams with analyst Phil Parsons and reporter Kate Osborne for FOX Sports’ slate of ARCA Menards Series races on FS1. Her FOX NASCAR pit reporting duties, held since 2015, also will continue in 2021.

This move furthers a string of broadcasting “firsts” Little has accomplished. She was the first female pit reporter for the television broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 (2004), and in 2015, she became the first female pit reporter to cover both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 for network TV’s live, flag-to-flag race coverage.

In addition, Little was the first female to cover a televised Supercross and motocross event and was one of the first female reporters in X Games history.

Fox Sports names Jamie Little play-by-play announcer for 2021 ARCA Menards Series

Fox Sports names Jamie Little play-by-play announcer for 2021 ARCA Menards Series

“I am beyond excited and humbled to be offered this role for the ARCA Menards Series,” Little said. “Although I’ve always preferred to be viewed as a motorsports broadcaster and not solely as a female broadcaster, it is an honor to be the first in this role. I definitely don’t take for granted being the first at anything. I know it can open other opportunities for women in the future, and I hope the younger girls aspiring to cover racing see the sky is the limit.”

Little first got a taste of the play-by-play role at Michigan International Speedway in June 2018, filling in during two NASCAR Xfinity Series practice sessions on FS1. Since joining FOX Sports, Little also has covered pit road for the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, among multiple other reporting and hosting responsibilities.

Prior to her time at FOX Sports, Little spent 13 years at ESPN/ABC as a reporter for NASCAR (2007-14), the IndyCar Series (2004-14), Winter X Games and Summer X Games telecasts.

“We are excited for Jamie to be joining the ARCA Menards Series booth,” said Brad Zager, Executive Producer, EVP | Head of Production & Operations, FOX Sports. “She is such a valued member of FOX Sports’ racing coverage, and this is the natural next step for her, given her broadcasting skills and her passion for and knowledge of racing.”

For additional information, please visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

About FOX Sports:

FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century Fox’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing relationships.

FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes, FOX Sports App and FOX Sports GO.

Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.

Source: FOX Sports

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