WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- He's been around racing since he was a teenager and got his start as a PA announcer at a short track in New England. These days FOX NASCAR`s Mike Joy is just about as familiar a face at a Sprint Cup Race as Jimmie Johnson or Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
His work in NASCAR started well before the sport was regularly on television. While working at that short track in New England he became friends with Ken Squier, the man responsible for pairing up CBS with NASCAR and getting the sport on live television.
Joy's friendship with Squier led to a job announcing for the Motor Racing Network, broadcasting NASCAR races on the radio. His college marketing background took him to the top at Motor Racing where he became the boss but then -- again thanks to Ken Squier -- he ended up on television at CBS.
Joy was part of that iconic first live Daytona 500 and many more along the way. He joined Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds in 2001 when FOX began its NASCAR coverage.
"You know, we all started at local short tracks. We all worked our way up to the big dance so we're all rooted in local racing like we all just came out of Bowman Gray and found our way to the top level of the sport without forgetting where we came from," Joy says.
He says it's ultimately about serving the fans and having a job that is so much fun.
"What I`m proudest of is when a fan comes up and says, boy it sounds like you guys are having a lot of fun up there...it`s because we are."