“Trouble in turn four!!”
That will be one of the familiar catch phrases heard again at the Bullring during the 2011 season. The friendly baritone of Doug Mealy — a.k.a “Pretty Doug” — will be returning as track announcer after spending the 2010 season as chief steward.
Management officials confirmed the move this weekend.
Mealy had been a popular figure at the track in recent seasons for his down-home approach and ability to involve fans with the races. He would regularly “pick on” certain patrons in the stands, and being a former racer himself, brought a unique approach to the position of “voice of the track.” I’m just guessing, but I think there are two particular “blonde girls” who will be popular targets of Mealy next summer.
This is another solid move in mending fences with the fans. “Pretty Doug” was arguably the most popular figure at the rack outside of the racers and his announcing and commentary were missed in 2010.