INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Actor, singer, and entertainer Jim Nabors will be singing “(Back Home Again in) Indiana” before the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday for the 35th and final time. Nabors will also be making several appearances at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway throughout the weekend.
On Friday, Nabors will be at Carb Day for a meet and greet at Pagoda Plaza beginning at 9 a.m. During “Legends Day Honoring Mario Andretti Presented by Firestone” on Saturday, Nabors will appear trackside at IMS during the Public Drivers Meeting at 10:30 a.m. He will later serve as an Honorary Grand Marshal during the IPL 500 Festival Parade beginning at noon in downtown Indianapolis.
Nabors will also appear on the celebrity red carpet prior to the race on Sunday. At 12:09 p.m., Nabors will sing “(Back Home Again in) Indiana” for the final time at IMS. His closing appearance of the weekend will be on Monday when he attends the Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration at IMS.
“To many Indianapolis 500 fans the pre-race pageantry at IMS is as important as the race itself, especially as the lead-up reaches its highest point with Jim Nabors singing Back Home Again in Indiana and Mari Hulman-George giving the command to start engines,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “This year, we will be honoring Jim Nabors and thanking him for his years of being a part of the excitement of the 500, and we are pleased that there will be many opportunities for Indy 500 fans to show him how much we have appreciated his involvement in this great event.”
Nabors first performed his rendition of “(Back Home Again in) Indiana” in 1972. The song is always accompanied by the Purdue “All American” Marching Band.