The 2014 Indianapolis 500 will mark the end of an era, as it will be the final year that Jim Nabors will sing “Back Residence Once again in Indiana” before the race. Nabors very first belted it out ahead of the 500-mile race in 1972, and aside from 2 years, has sung prior to each and every race given that 1987.
At 83 many years outdated, however, we cannot genuinely blame Nabors, who travels to Indy from his house in Hawaii, for giving up the gig. He missed the 2012 race and the 2007 race since of well being-relevant concerns.
“I will see you all in May but I have come to the conclusion that my well being doesn’;t allow me to travel really significantly any longer. So I’;ll be retiring from singing ‘Back House Again’; at the Indy 500 right after this year,” Nabors explained in a statement. “I want to give a particular thanks to every person and especially the Hulman-George family, who have a unique location in my heart and are my fantastic pals. I have loved every single minute of it.”
As it stands, Indianapolis Motor Speedway hasn’;t stated who will change Nabors in 2015, although in accordance to NBC Sports, the track does plan to honor the lengthy-time singer.