Getting to Know Mark Jaynes: “Honestly, it is crazy to think about...Voice of the 500, Mark Jaynes, from Monrovia, Indiana. I guess dreams really do come true. Mine sure did.”
Mark Jaynes wanted to become a professional baseball player. That is, until his elementary school principal informed him he was "terrible." In fact, he should probably quit baseball and use his gift of gab in broadcasting.
Mark received a cassette recorder one Christmas and begin doing play-by-play while watching games on television. Living just west of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Monrovia, Indiana, Mark was enamored with the call of the legendary voices of the 500. He and his friends began pretending they were the radio crew, interviewing each other and calling imaginary races. He dreamed of becoming the Voice of the 500.
“Honestly, it is crazy to think about...Voice of the 500, Mark Jaynes, from Monrovia, Indiana. I guess dreams really do come true. Mine sure did.”
Mark is one of branded IHSAA Champions Network Announcers. He is behind the mic for Football, Basketball, Softball and Baseball regular season, tournament and State Championship events.
In 2018, he was awarded Indiana Sportscaster of the Year by the Indiana Association of Sports Writers and Broadcasters.
Mark has been a teacher and coach for the past 15 years. His resume includes Head Coach in Varsity Football and Softball. He is currently teaching at Monrovia High School.
Mark lives "just a 10 minute walk from the Speedway" with his wife of over 30 years, Desiree. They have two children, both of whom teach and coach.