“American Idol” Winner Lee DeWyze to Sing National Anthem at MAVTV 500

FONTANA, Calif. (Aug. 15, 2014) – “American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze will sing the National Anthem prior to the start of the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships race on Saturday, Aug. 30 at Auto Club Speedway.

After winning “American Idol” in 2010, DeWyze formally launched the pivotal next stage of what was already a high-profile musical career with his 2013 Vanguard Records debut – Frames. DeWyze played guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo and drums during the recording sessions, during which he collaborated with renowned producer/songwriters Toby Gad, Drew Pearson, Matthew Wilder and Phil Allen, as well as mixer extraordinaire Jim Scott.  

Before competing on “Idol”, DeWyze recorded a pair of indie albums in his hometown of Chicago that stylistically foreshadowed what he’s doing now, the organic sounds of slide guitars, mandolins and banjos burnishing his folk-rooted songs and vocals. Since then, of course, the ever-cycling mainstream has come around to the kind of music DeWyze has been making all along, apart from his “Idol” side trip, so the timing couldn’t be better for this scintillating return to his sweet spot, coming as it does in the midst of the current folk-rock revolution. 

To watch Lee Dewyze perform the National Anthem live at Auto Club Speedway, you must have a ticket to the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships.  Gates for the MAVTV 500 open at 4p.m.PT on Saturday, Aug. 30, with the green flag waving at 7:20p.m. PT.  For more information, call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com. 


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About Auto Club Speedway:  Located 50 miles east of Los Angeles in Fontana, California, Auto Club Speedway is California’s premier motorsports facility, hosting over 320 days of track activity each year including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 weekend in March and the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships Finale weekend in August.  The two-mile D-shaped oval is one of the fastest tracks on the INDYCAR and NASCAR circuits.  The Speedway is also home to numerous movies, television and commercial productions, photo shoots, new car testing, club racing and a variety of racing schools. For more information on events at Auto Club Speedway call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.  For information on event lodging, visit the Hilton Garden Inn, Fontana, the official hotel partner of Auto Club Speedway and Auto Club Dragway.

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