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Clayton Anderson to Perform National Anthem Before Red Bull Air Race at IMS

Nashville recording artist and Hoosier native Clayton Anderson will sing the national anthem on Sunday, Oct. 15 before the final day of action at the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Anderson is well known to racing fans, having performed on the Firestone Legends Day stage this May during the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil alongside a star-studded lineup featuring Dustin Lynch and Keith Urban.

“Clayton is a talented artist and a fun guy who simply loves the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and our fans,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “We’re excited he’s going to celebrate Race Day with us and see some high-flying action at the track.”

The anthem will take place during pre-race ceremonies on the Prize Giving Ceremony Stage located in the Hangar Viewing Area. To learn more about access to the Hangar Viewing Area, click here.

Over the past four years, southern Indiana native Anderson has managed to do the unthinkable – he’s cracked into country music backward, independently and with a fury.

Anderson has released three albums, including his brand-new project, “Only To Borrow.” Recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville, this six-song EP was written and produced by Anderson and some of music’s most talented writers, musicians and producers. The album’s first single, “In the Dark,” garnered immediate streaming activity online and captured the attention of influential music playlist programmers. Armed with new music and an electric live show, Anderson is not only here to stay but a force to be reckoned with.

In college, Anderson decided to learn guitar because he thought it would impress the ladies. Next thing he knew, he and his friends were playing local parties and bars. After he graduated, he won Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star Competition. It was the boost of confidence he needed to leave his job at a mortgage company and move to Nashville.

Anderson's first record, “Torn Jeans & Tailgates,” was released in 2011 and climbed to No. 12 on the iTunes Country Chart, situating itself next to household names like Zac Brown, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton.

Anderson has traveled across the country playing backrooms, side stages and honky tonks from Michigan to Florida, each time gaining a few more fans and a better foothold on areas that aren’t traditional country strongholds. He’s opened for some of country’s biggest stars, the likes of Shelton, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Darius Rucker and even Mr. Party himself, Jimmy Buffett.

Even though he now spends most of his time on the road, Anderson makes a point to stay tied to home. He still keeps an Indiana phone number so his grandmother can call him, and he made sure he was home for the birth of his first niece.

For more information on Anderson, visit www.claytonandersonofficial.com.

Visit IMS.com to buy tickets or for more information on the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. An interactive Fan Guide for the event also is available at www.ims.com/RBARFanGuide.


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