INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is remembering actress Florence Henderson as a ''lovely lady'' who sang nearly two dozen times during Indianapolis 500 pre-race festivities.
The Indiana-born actress best known as Carol Brady on ''The Brady Bunch'' died Thursday in Los Angeles at age 82.
Speedway President Doug Boles said in a Friday statement that Henderson had a passion for the ''special moments'' leading up to the command for drivers to start their engines for the annual race, held each May.
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Between 1991 and 2015, she sang ''America the Beautiful,'' ''God Bless America'' or ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' 23 times during pre-race festivities. She was grand marshal for this year's race.
Henderson was born in the small southern Indiana town of Dale, the 10th child of a tobacco sharecropper.