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Josh Kaufman to Sing ‘Back Home Again in Indiana’ With Indianapolis Children’s Choir

2014 Voice champ and IUPUI graduate will sing “Back Home Again in Indiana” with accompaniment by the Indianapolis Children’s Choir for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 this year.

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Hoosier Hall of Fame: All Roads Lead to the Speedway

Is it just us, or do all roads lead to Indiana’s—and the world’s—most famous racetrack? From Hawaii to Nazareth, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leaves its tracks.

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Straight No Chaser on Replacing Jim Nabors at the Indy 500

“We’re not nervous about the large audience. We’re nervous about the history of the song and the expectations that the people of Indiana have for that moment.”

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She Rules: Judge Sarah Evans Barker on Indiana Culture

“We’re that hard on all of our IU basketball coaches. That’s what Indiana is.”

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The New Hoosier Playlist: Songs About Indiana

“Honest to Goodness.” So quaint! That motto, chosen by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (a.k.a. Visit Indiana) to attract outsiders to the Hoosier State, received mixed reactions online shortly after its debut. Even so, the IOTD puts a positive spin on the phrase, with popular singer-songwriter and Indiana son Jon McLaughlin coming alongside to […]

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First Person: I Stalked Jim Nabors

I raced after his golf cart, jumping through pedestrian traffic like it was a game of Frogger. I charged through the doors, but an imposing security guard turned me away as Jim entered the conference room.

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Victory Lap: Ryan Hunter-Reay Celebrates Indy 500 Win

“I still feel like I’m living a dream,” Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay said on the podium, his car and pit crew to his left. “I can’t believe my face is going to be on [the Borg-Warner] trophy.”

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Farewell Tour: Jim Nabors's Indy 500 Parting Words

“I’m trying not to be too emotional, or I’ll gargle the song,” Nabors said.

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Photos: 500 Festival Parade 2014

Only by winning a major (non-athletic) contest does one force Andrew Luck to play second fiddle during this parade, but Josh Kaufman did just that.

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The Hot List 5.23.14

The perfect Indy 500 tee, a blush that gives you flush, and more.

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Josh Kaufman Tops List of Incoming Indy 500 Celebs

The Voice winner and Indy resident will join made-for-TV couples for the Memorial Day Weekend festivities.

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Golly! Jim Nabors Gets Personal in This Exit Interview

Since the first time Nabors faced an Indianapolis 500 crowd in 1972 and crooned the lyrics from notes scribbled hurriedly on his hand, we have embraced the Southern-bred baritone as one of our own.

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Photos: Celebrities on the 2013 Indy 500 Red Carpet

Actors aplenty—Michael Peña, Tim Daly, Mike Epps (an Indy native)—plus gymnastics greats Shawn Johnson and Jordyn Wieber, Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary, Colts punter Pat McAfee, fan favorite Jim Nabors, members of bands Foreigner and Live, and more

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Report: Jim Nabors to Return to Indy 500 in 2013

The past year has been an eventful one for the former star of the Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, USMC. After having heart-valve surgery last spring, he came out of the closet in early 2013.

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Indy 500's Stalwart Singer Jim Nabors Comes Out: "You Just Have to Get Above It"

Though he has been whispering it to confidants for decades, the news emerged in mass media just today: The artist formerly known as Gomer Pyle is gay. A stalwart of Indianapolis 500 festivities, Jim Nabors has sung “Back Home Again in Indiana” 33 times at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” since 1972. In 2012, the Andy Griffith Show alum was unable to attend the Indy 500 race due to heart-valve replacement surgery in Hawaii, where he resides. It turns out that Hawaii is also where he met his longtime partner Stan Cadwallader. The two men met in 1975; Cadwallader was a Honolulu firefighter, and they took up immediately, but just recently wed in Washington state on Jan. 15. (Same-sex marriage became legal there in December 2012.)

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