Miss America 2009 and Indiana native Katie Stam will sing "America the Beautiful" during pre-race ceremonies for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 24.
Stam, a 22-year-old native of Seymour, Ind., and student at the University of Indianapolis, was crowned Miss America 2009 on Jan. 24 in Las Vegas, the first time a Miss Indiana has won in the pageant's history.
The singing of "America the Beautiful" will take place only minutes before the start of the Indianapolis 500, continuing the countdown to traditional pre-race favorites such as driver introductions, the national anthem, the military flyover, the playing of "Taps," singing of "(Back Home Again In) Indiana," the release of balloons and the command to start engines.
Stam, who sang during the Miss America talent program, is serving as national goodwill ambassador for Children's Miracle Network. Her platform issue at the 2009 Miss America pageant was promoting community service and involvement.
2009 IMS tickets: Established in 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has long prevailed as an icon of motorsports excellence. Beginning in 2009, the Speedway celebrates its Centennial Era, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the facility in 2009 and the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 2011.
Tickets for the three events in 2009 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the Indianapolis 500, Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP - can be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com at any time.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.
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