The NTT IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced on Wednesday that Mayo Clinic doctors, Dr Elvis Francois and Dr William Robinson will perform a rendition of ‘God Bless America’ ahead of Sunday’s 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge encore broadcast on NBC Sport at 2PM ET.
The rendition is a tribute to the front line healthcare workers fighting COVID 19 but also to help support ‘The Fight Is In Us’ a campaign that encourages survivors of COVID 19 to donate potentially life saving Plasma.
The Fight Is In Us Campaign begins on Monday May 25, for details visit http://Thefightisinus.org
Speaking about the news, Dr Francois said:
We’re honored to be part of this special broadcast from racing’s most iconic venue. “Seeing so many of my colleagues and front-line workers across the country come together in the midst of such challenging times has been inspiring. This performance is dedicated to everyone who keeps showing up in the fight against COVID-19.
Dr Francois and Dr Robinson recently recorded a version of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ which was discovered by executives from Big Machine Records who arranged for the pair to record an EP called ‘Music Is Medicine’ with all proceeds of the sale of the EP going to the Center For Disease Control and their fight against COVID-19.
Speaking about singing ‘God Bless America’ Dr Robinson said:
Our performance is very much about hope. “It’s important to remember that we’re all in this together and we’re all working tirelessly toward the same goal. Despite the current hardships, there is definitely reason for optimism, and we hope that our rendition of ‘God Bless America’ will reflect this mindset.”