Country music star Jimmie Allen will perform the national anthem before the start of the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 30 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Allen will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” just before the 33 drivers are called to their cars to begin “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
NBC will telecast this year’s historic edition of the world’s most iconic race beginning at 11 a.m. ET.
Allen in 2018 became the first black artist to launch a career with two consecutive No. 1 hits on country radio, with “Best Shot” and “Make Me Want To” both hitting the top of the charts.
His most recent release, “Bettie James,” is named in honor of his late father and late grandmother, who were both great influences on his music career.
“We are excited to welcome Jimmie to the Racing Capital of the World for a memorable and emotional Memorial Day Weekend performance,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said.
He added, “The national anthem is a signature pre-race moment, and this year’s rendition carries extra meaning as we prepare to welcome fans back to the Indy 500 and honor our frontline heroes.”
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