The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced just prior to the first Verizon IndyCar Series practice session for the Saturday's Grand Prix of Indianapolis that LeAnn Rimes will sing the national anthem for the Indianapolis 500.
"To sing the national anthem at one of the most prestigious racing events is truly an honor," said Rimes. "The adrenaline at the Speedway is felt around the world and I know I am one of millions who is so excited to hear those six legendary words 'ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.'"
Rimes, with over 40 million records sold and multiple Grammy nominations, joins past singers including Martina McBride, Seal and Kelly Clarkson, Jewel, Julianne Hough, and Steven Tyler who've performed the honor.
Rimes singing the 2011 NCAA Championship national anthem in Indianapolis