Lee Diffey is a pro, I like the sound Bob Varsha’s voice more, but of course what’s being said is what’s most important. I do think Steve Matchett’s technical chops are up to date, and his enthusiasm is a plus, but the problem at Speed and now NBC is no one seems to have understood that he’s an amateur when it comes to live sports announcing and maybe he simply doesn’t understand how it should work.
I’ve always loved David Hobbs, but he needs to be brought into the conversation more by Diffey, or he’ll just hang back and lob the occasional zinger . David Hobbs was an accomplished driver – Le Mans, Can Am, F1, Indy 500, Formula 5000, even the Daytona 500, winning his share of races including the 1000k at the original Nurburgring. Anyone who knows what it’s like to go flat out through the Masta Kink, down Mulsanne sans chicanes and has stormed around Silverstone at full chat with nary a run off area in sight can speak about racing today with credibility. But because David Hobbs raced at a time, and I’ve forgotten who said it first, “when sex was safe and racing was dangerous.” I can see where younger fans who don’t remember racing in the 1960′s and 70′s as I do might find some of his Hobbsian observations to be a bit boring, but there’s no lack of respect for today’s drivers on his part. At least none that I have heard. Will Buxton does a good job.