Former ‘Idol’ winner Jordin Sparks to perform national anthem at 99th Indianapolis 500

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INDIANAPOLIS (May 19, 2015) – A former “American Idol” winner will sing the national anthem before the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Jordin Sparks, who became the youngest champion in the show’s history when she won in 2007 at the age of 17, follows in the footsteps of other recording artists to perform before the race, including LeAnn Rimes, Kelly Clarkson, Seal, Julianne Hough, Jessica Simpson, Steven Tyler and Jewel.

“We’re looking forward to having Jordin Sparks deliver the national anthem during our pre-race ceremonies,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “We know she’ll be warmly welcomed by our race fans and will deliver an outstanding rendition of the anthem moments before our 33 drivers take the green flag.”

“The opportunity to sing at the world’s largest one-day sporting event is the thrill of a lifetime,” Sparks said. “I can’t wait to be part of it.”

She’s the only “American Idol” contestant to have her first five singles reach the top 20 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts, which also included top-10 singles “Tattoo,” “No Air,” and “Battlefield.”

She’s won several awards, including an American Music Award, a BET Award, an NAACP Image Award, a People’s Choice Award and two Teen Choice Awards.

During a five-year solo music hiatus, Sparks pursued an acting career in Hollywood and Broadway, most recently starring along-side the late Whitney Houston in “Sparkle” in 2012.

In November, Sparks released her first mixtape titled #ByeFelicia, under her new recording deal with “Louder than Life/Red Associated Labels,” a joint deal with Sony Music Entertainment.

Sparks’ upcoming third studio album, “Right Here, Right Now,” is scheduled for release this summer. Her lead single “Double Tap” featuring 2 Chainz is currently making the rounds on radio.