83-12 months old Indy 500 icon 1st carried out “(Back Home Again in) Indiana” at speedway in 1972
Published on March 25, 2014
Indianapolis 500 icon Jim Nabors will sing “(Back Home Once more in) Indiana” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the last time prior to the begin of the 98th working of the Indianapolis 500 on Could 25.
Nabors’; rendition of the song grew to become a tradition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” given that he initial carried out it in 1972. Constantly accompanied by the Purdue Marching Band and 1000’;s of supporters singing in unison, Nabors has performed the song 34 times in particular person at IMS.
“The first time that I ever sang at the Indy 500 in 1972, the warmth I got from the crowd right away created me turn out to be a lifetime Hoosier and I have usually cherished it,” Nabors said. “I will see you all in Might but I have come to the conclusion that my wellness doesn’;t allow me to travel quite significantly any longer. So I will be retiring from singing ‘Back House Again’; at the Indy 500 right after this year.
“I want to give a special thanks to everybody and notably the Hulman George family members, who have a special area in my heart and are my great pals. I’;ve loved every minute of it.”
Nabors, 83, has performed at the Indianapolis 500 each and every year because 1987 with the exception of 2007 and 2012 races that he missed due to sickness. A rendition of the song he performed at his property in Hawaii was played on the video screens at IMS prior to the 2012 race.
“There are numerous particular moments foremost up to the begin of the Indianapolis 500, but one of the most anticipated every yr is when Jim Nabors sings ‘Back Residence Again in Indiana,”‘ explained J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “This year will be even more specific as Indianapolis 500 supporters will cheer not only for what the song indicates but for what Jim Nabors has meant to the Indianapolis 500.”
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will honor and thank Nabors for his many years of functionality in a number of techniques throughout Indianapolis 500 race weekend that will be announced at a later date. Fans are encouraged to inform their Nabors stories at IMS.com/WeAllHaveAStory.
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