April 27, 2016

Darius Rucker To Perform National Anthem At 100th Indianapolis 500

Three-time GRAMMY Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist Darius Rucker will perform the national anthem before this year's Indianapolis 500. - Jim Wright

Three-time GRAMMY Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist Darius Rucker will perform the national anthem before this year's Indianapolis 500.

Jim Wright

INDIANAPOLIS --  Three-time GRAMMY Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist Darius Rucker will perform the national anthem before the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Rucker will sing in the traditional spot on "500" Race Day before the 33 drivers are called to their cars and the singing of "Back Home Again in Indiana," by Josh Kaufman and the Indianapolis Childrens Choir.

"Darius has a unique set of skills as a musical artist and connects on a personal level with fans across the globe," said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. "We know he'll deliver a performance befitting such a monumental day and help ensure this year's pre-race, my own favorite time of the year, is an unforgettable experience."

Rucker first attained multi-platinum status in the music industry as former lead singer and rhythm guitarist of GRAMMY-Award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish. Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, he has released four consecutive albums to top the Billboard Country albums chart and earned a whole new legion of fans.

"I'm honored to sing the national anthem at the Indianapolis 500 and to be invited to celebrate the milestone of the 100th Running," said Rucker.

The Indianapolis 500 is May 29. This year, IMS officials are encouraging fans to get to track in the early morning hours to take advantage of the full 100th Running experience. Highlights include live SportsCenter tapings in the plaza beginning at 8 a.m. and an expanded Fan Midway.

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