By: Tanner Watkins
May 7, 2019 | 1:00 PM
The Chicago Blackhawks are building quite a pipeline to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this spring.
With the NHL organization’s primary National Anthem singer Jim Cornelison in line to perform “Back Home Again in Indiana” for the third time in 2019, the Blackhawks’ two-time Stanley Cup champion goaltender Corey Crawford will drive the pace car for this weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix on the IMS road course.
“I’m honored to have been selected to drive this year’s Pace Car at a place as famous as the Brickyard,” Crawford said. “Indianapolis is an incredibly passionate sports city, and I couldn’t be more excited to represent the Blackhawks and see their love for IndyCar racing in person.”
Crawford will be piloting a Corvette Grand Sport that features a 460-horsepower V-8 engine, an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission and the revolutionary selective magnetic ride control.
In another celebrity power move, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president J. Douglas Boles has done well to attract high-profile individuals to the World’s Greatest Race Course in recent years.
The recent guest list has included Lady Gaga, Chris Hemsworth, Nick Cannon and a host of other notable figures in pop culture and sports.
“Corey is going to have a blast driving this year’s Corvette Pace Car, especially since he’s such a true fan of cars and racing,” said Boles in an IMS press release.
“Many Indy residents have long enjoyed cheering for Corey and his teammates, and between today’s news and the return of Jim Cornelison to the Indy 500, the Blackhawks are fast becoming the preferred NHL team of IMS.”
Saturday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix will be the first NTT IndyCar Series event shown on NBC. Coverage will begin at 3:00 PM Eastern on May 11 with the 85-lap race going green around 3:30 PM Eastern. The 103rd Indianapolis 500 is Sunday, May 26 and will also be shown live on NBC.
Header image by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune.
Open-Wheels coverage of the 2019 month of May at Indianapolis is presented by Driven 2 Save Lives. Driven 2 Save Lives, an entity of the Indiana Donor Network, is a program that utilizes motorsports as a platform to encourage race fans to become organ donors. Currently, there are 114,000 individuals that are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Register as an organ, tissue, and eye donor at Driven2SaveLives.org/register and follow Driven2SaveLives on Facebook and Twitter.