broadcaster Steve Byrnes, 56, dies after battle with cancer
Steve Byrnes, a popular Fox broadcaster who
reported on NASCAR for the last 30 years and whose cancer
battle inspired the racing community, died Tuesday. He was
A pit reporter for Sprint Cup Series races and co-host of
a weekday NASCAR program, Byrnes joined Fox in 2001 following
more than 15 years of working NASCAR races and shows for CBS,
TNN, TBS and The History Channel.
After an initial diagnosis of head and neck cancer in August
2013, Byrnes responded well to treatment and returned to his
job for the 2014 season. He took a leave of absence in October
to battle cancer once again, chronicling his fight on social
The Sprint Cup race Saturday at Bristol, Tennessee, was named
the Food City 500 In Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up
To Cancer, a way for the industry to honor Byrnes and give
support to those fighting the disease.
"His level of professionalism was matched only by the
warmth he showed everyone he met," NASCAR chairman Brian
France said in a statement. "He battled cancer with tenacity,
and was a true inspiration to everyone in the NASCAR family.
Simply stated, we'll miss Steve dearly."
While honoring 2014 Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick during
a ceremony Tuesday at the White House, President Barack Obama
mentioned the passing of Byrnes.
"I also want to offer my condolences to everybody in
the NASCAR community on the passing of a legendary reporter
and broadcaster, Steve Byrnes," Obama said. "I know
a lot of fans' thoughts and prayers today are with his wife,
Karen, and his son, Bryson."
Byrnes is also survived by his parents; Bryson is 12.