Darius Rucker to sing National Anthem before 100th Indianapolis 500

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Three-time Grammy Award winner Darius Rucker has sung before some pretty big crowds in his career, but none will be as big as the 300,000-plus in-person and millions more worldwide on TV that he’ll serenade on May 29.

The former front man for Hootie & the Blowfish and now a country music solo star will enjoy one of the biggest honors of his career, singing the National Anthem before the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

“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.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Rucker’s appearance Wednesday.

“Darius has a unique set of skills as a musical artist and connects on a personal level with fans across the globe,” IMS president J. Douglas Boles said. “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.”

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