83-12 months old Indy 500 icon 1st performed “(Back Property Again in) Indiana” at speedway in 1972
Published on March 25, 2014
Indianapolis 500 icon Jim Nabors will sing “(Back House Once again in) Indiana” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the final time prior to the start off of the 98th operating of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25.
Nabors’; rendition of the song grew to become a tradition of “The Best Spectacle in Racing” given that he initial carried out it in 1972. Often accompanied by the Purdue Marching Band and 1000’;s of fans singing in unison, Nabors has carried out 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 received from the crowd right away created me grow to be a lifetime Hoosier and I have usually cherished it,” Nabors mentioned. “I’;ll see you all in May possibly but I have come to the conclusion that my health doesn’;t allow me to travel quite a lot any longer. So I’;ll be retiring from singing ‘Back Property Again’; at the Indy 500 following this year.
“I want to give a special thanks to absolutely everyone and specifically the Hulman George family, who have a unique place in my heart and are my fantastic close friends. I have loved every minute of it.”
Nabors, 83, has carried out at the Indianapolis 500 each year considering that 1987 with the exception of 2007 and 2012 races that he missed due to sickness. A rendition of the song he carried out at his residence in Hawaii was played on the video screens at IMS prior to the 2012 race.
“There are many unique moments top up to the commence of the Indianapolis 500, but 1 of the most anticipated every single yr is when Jim Nabors sings ‘Back Home Once again in Indiana,”‘ mentioned J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “This year will be even more specific as Indianapolis 500 fans will cheer not only for what the song signifies but for what Jim Nabors has meant to the Indianapolis 500.”
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will honor and thank Nabors for his years of efficiency in numerous ways 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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