Veteran motor sports reporter and former racer Chris Neville returns to FOX NASCAR in 2017 for his third season as a pit reporter in the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES and NASCAR XFINITY SERIES. He can also be found working pit road for FOX Sports’ coverage of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship premier events, including the legendary Rolex 24.
Prior to joining FOX Sports in 2015, Neville periodically served as a pit reporter for FS1’s NASCAR coverage (2001-’14) and sports car racing. He also has covered pit road for TNT in the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES (2011-’14) and for NBC Sports in the IndyCar Series (2014). In 2015 and 2016, he also served as a pit reporter for FOX NASCAR’s coverage of the Cup Series.
A DRIVER FIRST
Neville’s professional career began behind the wheel of a race car. Following graduation from Purdue University in 1995, he became an instructor at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix. In 1998, he signed with ARCO am/pm to compete in the SCCA Trans-Am Series, and quickly racked up multiple podium finishes and the Rookie-of-the-Year award. He continued to race in 1999 and 2000, and won in the SCCA Trans-Am Series, IMSA, Star Formula Mazda and SPEED World Challenge.
FROM THE COCKPIT TO THE CAMERA
At the conclusion of the 2000 season, Neville exchanged his racing gloves for a television microphone, taking his vast understanding of race craft, engineering and strategy to the broadcast world. His intimate knowledge of racing quickly solidified him as an integral part of the FS1 and TNT broadcast teams. In addition, Neville currently serves as a regular guest on “SpeedFreaks” on 910 AM in Phoenix.
In 2011, he was elected a member of the Road Racing Drivers Club, a U.S. organization comprised of many of the Americas’ and Europe’s most successful drivers. Members are elected by their peers and include Formula One World Champions, INDIANAPOLIS 500 champions and Champion Sports Car drivers.
Neville began his driving career at age 12 in go-karts, and entered his first professional race six years later. He logged his first professional win as an 18-year-old at the challenging 24 Hours of Mosport and continued to compete professionally while attending Purdue University.
A native of Elgin, Ill., Neville resides in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and two daughters. You may follow him on Twitter at @ChrisNeville84.