Dancing With the Stars champion Jordan Fisher, who won season 25 with partner Lindsay Arnold, received a huge honor over Memorial Day weekend.
On May 19, a press release announced that “Dancing With the Stars” champion and Broadway star Jordan Fisher will open the 2022 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29 with the singing of the national anthem.
“The national anthem is a defining moment before the race, and Jordan is ready to welcome fans back to Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a memorable and emotional performance in the racing capital of the world,” said IMS President J. Douglas Boles in a press release . “This year’s pre-race show is going to be amazing and I know our fans along the track and everyone watching on NBC will be amazed by the excitement, tradition and pageantry on display as we head to the green wait for the flag.”
Girl Named Tom, the folk trio consisting of siblings Caleb, Josh and Bekah Liechty, who hail from South Bend, Indiana, will perform America the Beautiful at the race.
Indycar driver Helio Castroneves, who won the 2021 Indy 500, is attempting to win the race for a record-breaking fifth time. Castroneves won season five of Dancing With the Stars alongside his partner Julianne Hough. He returned for Season 15, the All-Star Season in which he and partner Chelsie Hightower placed 10th. The racer told the Bloomberg Business of Sports Podcast in 2019 that “ninety percent of people now recognize me because of ‘Dancing With the Stars.'”
There are four members of the Four Timers Club – Castroneves, AJ Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser. The four filmed a special titled “The Club,” which brought the foursome together for a seated chat shortly after Castroneves won his fourth Indy 500.
According to NBC Sports’ press release, it was filmed in secret and happened just months before Unser died in December 2021 after a long battle with cancer.
“It’s still hard for me to believe that I belong to that group of riders,” Castroneves said in a press release. “These are riders I’ve looked up to and watched my whole life and to be on the same level as them now is incredible. My best memories are of winning the Indianapolis 500, there’s no other race in history that feels the same; feeling like a month of hard work is coming to an end in the best possible way.”
He continued, “I will forever be grateful to the people who helped me achieve such a monumental achievement because it wasn’t just me, it was a team effort each of those four years.”
The 2022 Indianapolis 500 takes place on Sunday, May 29th. The schedule is as follows, according to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway website. All Easter times:
9:00 am – Cars into pit lane
9:00 – 10:00 – Borg Warner Trophy March to the Bricks
10:30 am – Cars on the grid on the front straight
11:47 am — Introduction of the drivers
12:18 p.m. – Invocation and National Anthem
12:35 p.m. – Back Home Again with Indiana singing
12:45 pm – Round 106 of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, broadcast on NBC
Dancing With the Stars returns for its 31st season on Disney Plus in fall 2022.
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