Like a Good Nabors

Sadly, Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced today that Indy 500 mainstay Jim Nabors will not be available to sing “(Back Home Again in) Indiana” before the race this year. The conflict: a scheduled surgery for heart-valve replacement.

But Mr. Nabors seems determined not to let the tradition (33 IMS performances since 1972) go away. Later this month, a film crew will travel to his home in Hawaii to record a private performance of the Hoosier standard, which will be aired at the speedway prior to the big race.

We would have forgiven you for not being at the race this year, Jim. But thank you just the same.

>> BONUS: See here how Nabors got the gig in the first place.


Photo via indianapolismotorspeedway.com / Dave Edelstein

Since first joining Indianapolis Monthly in 2000, West has written about a wide range of subjects including crime, history, arts and entertainment, pop culture, politics, and food. His feature stories have twice been noted in the Best American Sports Writing anthology and have received top honors from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. “The Collapse,” West’s account of the 2011 Indiana State Fair tragedy, was a 2013 National City and Regional Magazine Awards finalist in the category of Best Reporting. He lives on the near-east side.