Jimmie Allen sings the anthem; Milo Ventimiglia honorary holder


Country music artist Jimmie Allen kicked off the festivities at the 105th edition of Indianapolis 500, bringing a touching and soothing touch to his interpretation of the “star-spangled banner”.

The pre-race tradition has even more significance this year, as Indianapolis Motor Circuit welcomes fans back after months of uncertainty and planning.

Viewers applauded Allen’s performance, dubbing her a “unbelievable” interpretation and writing on social networks that the singer “crushed.

“Jimmie Allen just did a wonderful rendition of the national anthem,” tweeted user @ MichaelMullet13. “Thanks, Jimmie!”

“Okaaaay @JimmieAllen with that national anthem,” added @ Katelyn19xx with a clapping emoji.

The Nashville-based country musician was recently named “New Male Artist of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Allen was also applauded for his fashion. The singer stepped out for his performance in a sparkling black jacket, black and white cowboy boots and a wide-brimmed brown hat.

“Game over. Best race day outfit goes to @JimmieAllen,” @AlexDamron wrote.

This Is Us’ actor Milo Ventimiglia was the honorary starter of the Indy 500, waving the green flag to start the race. He and Allen had previously posed for a photo together.

Ventimiglia plays family patriarch Jack Pearson in the series and is a three-time Emmy nominee for best actor.

“Milo’s passion for running and speed make him the perfect choice for this exciting race day honor,” said IMS President Doug Boles.

Contributor: Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY; and Associated Press.

Contact IndyStar reporter Rashika Jaipuriar at rjaipuriar@gannett.com and follow her on Twitter @rashikajpr.




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