Christian singer Sandi Patty, an Anderson native, will sing national anthem at Indianapolis 500

Patty has performed anthem at 500 five times

INDIANAPOLIS - Christian singer and Indianapolis staple Sandi Patty will sing the national anthem ahead of Sunday's Indianapolis 500, the speedway announced Tuesday.

It will be the sixth time the Anderson native has performed "The Star Spangled Banner" before the race, more than any other individual performer.

"It is my honor to sing the national anthem again at this year's Indianapolis 500," Patty said in a news release. "I am proud to have called Indiana my home for so long, and it's a privilege to be a part of this event, so rich in history and tradition, that showcases Indianapolis as one of the best cities in the world. To be 'back home again in Indiana' during the greatest spectacle in sports will be such a thrill for me."

Patty, the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music, has five Grammy Awards and is best known locally for hosting Duke Energy's Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

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