|Bob Varsha is one of the premier television commentators of the automotive world. He has appeared on virtually every major network, broadcast and cable, building a résumé including everything from tractor pulls to collector car auctions, motorcycle racing, NASCAR, Indycar, drag racing, the renowned Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car classic. He is perhaps best known, however, for his 25-year tenure covering the Formula One World Championship.
A former world-class runner and graduate of Dartmouth College and Emory University School of Law, Bob’s athletic activities made him an ideal candidate for an unexpected opportunity with Turner Broadcasting and it’s networks WTBS and CNN in 1980. At Turner he worked in television and radio, reporting both news and sports and hosting topical interview program, Between the Lines. The Turner connection led to an opportunity with the ground-breaking racing highlight showMotorweek Illustrated, and the beginning of his long career in motorsports television.
Four years later found him at ESPN, where he began his long association with grand prix racing while adding a variety of sports including gymnastics, cycling, figure skating, and track and field. In 1999 he embarked on a seventeen-year run with the Speedvision/Speed Channel networks, now part of Fox Sports, an association that ended in 2016.
Now a freelance media commentator, writer and speaker, Bob and his wife Karen, a professional photographer with an industrial design background, live in Atlanta, Georgia.