LeAnn Rimes to sing national anthem at Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch practices on track during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car owner Michael Andretti looks on during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch practices on track during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch practices on track during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch practices a pit stop during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Marco Andretti talks with his father Michael following a test session in preparation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch is seen following a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch practices on track during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch sits in his car in between practices during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch practices on track during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch talks with crew members following a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Marco Andretti on track during a test session in preparation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch practices a pit stop during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch practices a pit stop during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch practices a pit stop during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Sage Karam looks on during rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Sage Karam practices on track during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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FONTANA, CA - OCTOBER 19: Sebastien Bourdais of France, driver of the #7 Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dallara races side by side with Charlie Kimball driver of the #83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda during the IZOD IndyCar Series MAVTV 500 World Championship at the Auto Club Speedway on October 19, 2013 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Country music star LeAnn Rimes will sing the national anthem before the start of this year's Indianapolis 500.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced the selection Thursday. Rimes said in a statement that it is an honor to be picked to sing the anthem at the race's 98th running on May 25.

Rimes had her first national hit in 1996 when she was 13 years old and has since won multiple Grammy Awards.

This year's pre-race festivities will be highlighted by what actor Jim Nabors says will be his final singing of "Back Home Again in Indiana" at the track. The 83-year-old Nabors has performed the song nearly every year since 1972.

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