The Weatherman Returns to The Mint 400
- Scott Steinberger to lead race-day communications at The Great American Off-Road Race™
- The Mint 400 to be broadcast over Weatherman Relay
- PCI Race Radios to stream the Weatherman Channel worldwide via Mixlr
The Mint 400 is proud to announce the return of The Weatherman to the 2020 BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400 this March 3rd-8th. The announcement marks the first time in six years The Weatherman has assisted in race-day communications for The Great American Off-Road Race.
PCI Race Radios will stream the Weatherman Relay channel via Mixlr on TheMint400.com so fans can tune in worldwide and listen to The Great American Off-Road Race via their computer or smartphone.
The storied history of “The Weatherman” begins with Bob Steinberger, who first began providing communications at the 1974 Mint 400 by putting communications in the vehicles of Bill Stroppe, Joe MacPherson and Walker Evans. He sent up three weather balloons with five hundred feet of coax attached and the first successful radio relay from a pit was made. It is believed that it was Joe MacPherson who couldn’t remember his name, so he dubbed him “Weatherman” on the radio. The rest is history and Bob’s iconic status has been reached through nearly half a century of work with the communications company he founded, PCI Race Radios.
Bob passed away in 2017, handing over the torch to his son Scott Steinberger who carries on the voice of off-road racing. Scott has been racing since 1988. From Mini-Mag, Class 7, Protruck to Trophy Truck, he understands racing and the importance of quality products to get you to the finish line. PCI Race Radios will stream the Weatherman Relay channel via Mixlr, so fans can tune in worldwide and listen to The Great American Off-Road Race via their computer or smartphone.
“It’s people like The Weatherman that make off-road racing such a great culture. You have to be extremely dedicated and part crazy to pull off the radio relay system The Weatherman created. We have a tremendous amount of respect for the commitment Scott and PCI Race Radios has made to off-road racing and we are happy to have The Weatherman back at The Mint 400,” stated Mint 400 CEO Matt Martelli. “Now race teams and spectators alike will be able to tune into the “Weatherman” channel and listen to status updates throughout the entire race.”
“The Mint 400 has a special place with the Weatherman Relay team. This is the race that my father put up a weather balloon in 1974 and was dubbed “Weatherman”,” commented Scott Steinberger. “My lone responsibility on race day is the safety of our racers, spectators and everyone involved in the event and I look forward to the challenge of The Great American Off-Road Race!”