via press release:
NASCAR ON FOX ADDS “STORM SCOUT” TO RACE COVERAGE
Veteran Meteorologist Provides In-Race Updates
New York -- Banking, surface composition and track width are all crucial factors crew chiefs consider as they formulate a race strategy, but so are temperature, humidity and precipitation. Since few variables can affect a race plan more than changes in the weather, this season NASCAR on FOX introduces Storm Scout to its prerace and race coverage.
The Storm Scout is meteorologist Rick Dickert, and he officially becomes a member of the NASCAR on FOX broadcast team on Sunday, Feb. 14 (12:00 PM ET) during the network’s cover of the 52nd DAYTONA 500.
“We’re always looking to provide the viewer pertinent information and last year’s rain-shortened Daytona 500 proved a need to inform race fans when bad weather is approaching,” said FOX Sports Television Group Chairman David Hill. “Storm Scout reports should be an informal conversation between Rick and the boys at the track and we’re excited to add such an engaging personality to the best NASCAR broadcast team on television.”
Dickert has been a full member of the American Meteorological Society since 1994, and currently works for FOX-owned KTTV in Los Angeles. As Storm Scout, Dickert reports from the FOX Sports Weather Center in Los Angeles, detailing weather conditions at the race site during the FOX NASCAR SUNDAY prerace show, appearing with host Chris Myers and analysts Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Hammond. Once the green flag drops, and if conditions warrant, Dickert maintains communication with race announcer Mike Joy who provides updates to viewers.
“As an avid sports fan I’m honored to join the NASCAR on FOX team and work with Chris Myers, who I listen to everyday on the radio, Darrell Waltrip, who’s name is synonymous with NASCAR, and Jeff Hammond, a real pro,” said Dickert. “I couldn’t be more pumped up for this opportunity, and I can’t wait for February 14th!”
“Why do we need a meteorologist when they’ve got me?” quipped NASCAR on FOX’s unofficial weatherman Larry McReynolds, whose interest in the weather borders on obsession. “All kidding aside, it’s great Rick’s coming aboard. No sport is more affected by weather than NASCAR. I speak from experience when I say that engine guys and crew chiefs worry about the weather just as much as any meteorologist.”
Dickert has delivered weather reports during the week on KTTV’s “FOX 11 Morning News” and “Good Day LA” since April 2005 after three years working weekends. He has won several prestigious awards and distinctions from a number of meteorological organizations.
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