Anna de Ferran to sing throughout pre-race ceremony
By: Autoweek Employees on March 25, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Indy 500 winner Gil de Ferran sits with his young children Luke and Anna prior to a race in 2009. Anna, who is now 19, will sing at the IndyCar opener in St. Petersburg.
Anna de Ferran, daughter of 2003 Indy 500 winner and 2-time IndyCar Champion (2000 and 2001), Gil de Ferran, is employed to basking in her father’s glory. But this yr at the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (March 30th on ABC), she will be the focus of interest as she sings ‘God Bless America’ for the duration of the pre-race ceremonies.
This will be the 19-year-previous singer and songwriter’s largest gig by far–a fact not lost on her greatest fan, her father Gil, who will be happy to consider a back seat in this instance.
“This is a wonderful chance for Anna,” Gil mentioned. “She has been operating on her repertoire and performing in tiny venues back in the U.K. and in excess of here near our residence in Fort Lauderdale, [Fla.], but this will be a remarkable chance for her to perform in front of a significantly more substantial audience. Despite the fact that it will be really challenging for her, it will also be a acquainted setting with plenty of familiar faces. She has been brought up in and around the motorsport neighborhood and attended her first race as a tiny infant in 1995. It is excellent that she is in a position to mix her 2 passions–music and motorsport–for this audience.”
Anna, who started creating and carrying out at the age of 13 in her native England, will offer you the followers a preview of her talent on Saturday when she performs her new songs on the center stage in the IndyCar Fan Village.
“This is a massive honor for me,” said an elated Anna. “It is also really overwhelming to be in such acquainted territory but enjoying a diverse part. I in no way imagined I would be singing at an IndyCar race…It is a wonderful possibility!”
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