(CBS Sports Reporter)
Ralph Sheheen joined CBS Sports in 1995 as a reporter for the CBS Television Network's coverage of the AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) Grand National Invitational and also contributed to CBS= coverage of the 1996 Jiffy Lube Miami 300. Now a regular on the Network=s coverage of auto racing, Sheheen will be working his fourth Daytona 500.
Sheheen=s passion for auto racing began in 1969 when he witnessed his first race. His career in auto racing began in 1985 when, while attending college, he served as a public address announcer for several racetracks throughout California. He made his broadcast debut in 1988 for ESPN and has also provided commentary for TNN, TBS, Fox Sports Net and Speedvision. Sheheen provides play-by-play for the World of Outlaws Series and the IHRA (International Hot Rod Association) and hosts "Fast Company," an international motorsports show that airs in more than 50 countries. He has also called the ASA (American Speed Association), the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association), and the Daytona 200.
Sheheen also serves as a reporter for Fox Sports Net=s coverage of college football and calls play-by-play for college gymnastics. He was born Aug. 23, 1964 in Utica, N.Y., and was graduated in 1987 from California State University, Chico, with degrees in broadcasting and public relations. He lives in Charlotte, N.C.