Mayo Clinic doctors to perform ‘God Bless America’ this Sunday during Indy 500 special on WTHR

Dr. Elvis Francois and Dr. William Robinson will perform “God Bless America” during Sunday’s “Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again” that will air at 2 p.m. on WTHR. (IMS)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — On Sunday, there will still be some special moments at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

You'll get to see a poignant and stirring rendition of “God Bless America” during Sunday’s “Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again.”

That will air at 2 p.m. on WTHR.

The performance will be done by Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgery residents Dr. Elvis Francois and Dr. William Robinson. It will provide a fitting tribute to front-line workers and help support "The Fight Is In Us," an important campaign to encourage survivors of COVID-19 to donate potentially life-saving plasma for research into COVID-19 treatments.

“We’re honored to be part of this special broadcast from racing’s most iconic venue,” Dr. Francois said. “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."

“Our performance is very much about hope,” Dr. Robinson said. “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.”

For more than 100 years, the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race presented by Gainbridge has taken place over Memorial Day weekend. This year’s race was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 24, but was rescheduled to Sunday, Aug. 23, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This Sunday, viewers will be treated to a special broadcast on NBC that chronicles the 2019 race, featuring an epic duel between Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud and Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi. The program will be narrated by NBC’s Mike Tirico and will incorporate specially produced pre-race moments such as the performance by Dr. Francois and Dr. Robinson.

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