Indy 500: IMS national anthem singer named

JEWEL TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM BEFORE 2010 INDIANAPOLIS 500 INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 12, 2010 -- Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jewel will perform the national anthem before the start of the 2010 Indianapolis 500. Jewel has sold 27...

JEWEL TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM BEFORE 2010 INDIANAPOLIS 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 12, 2010 -- Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jewel will perform the national anthem before the start of the 2010 Indianapolis 500.

Jewel has sold 27 million albums worldwide since her smash debut in 1995, "Pieces of You," which went platinum 12 times. She has won an American Music Award and an MTV Video Music Award and has been nominated twice for a Grammy Award.

Her ninth studio album, "Sweet and Wild," is set for release June 8 on the Valory label.

"We're pleased to welcome Jewel to the Indianapolis 500 to sing 'The Star-Spangled Banner,'" said Jeff Belskus, president and chief executive officer of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp. "We pay honor to our veterans throughout pre-race ceremonies at the '500,' so Jewel is an ideal choice to sing our national anthem due to her continued support of U.S. military personnel."

Jewel has performed at USO concerts for American service personnel around the world.

The 2010 Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. (ET) Sunday, May 30 and will be broadcast live on ABC and the IMS Radio Network.

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2010 Indy 500 tickets: Tickets for the 2010 Indianapolis 500, scheduled for Sunday, May 30, are on sale now. Race Day ticket prices start at just $20.

Fans can order tickets online at www.imstix.com, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street. Online orders can be made at any time. Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

-source: ims

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