INDIANAPOLIS – Everyone wondered with this being the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, if Jim Nabors would be able to come out of retirement for a year and sing “Back Home Again in Indiana” one last time. Well, today, that dream was put to rest, as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway confirmed that Nabors won’t be able to make it back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May.
IMS President Doug Boles told the Indy Star that, Nabors wanted to come, but let him know last Fall that he wouldn’t be able to make it unfortunately for the 100th Running.
Nabors, 85, lives in Hawaii and has some health issues over the last decade. He had to do a recording for the 1997 race and again for the 2012 event and even missed the 2007 race due to health reasons as well.
But, 2014 was his 36th and final time in performing the iconic song at the Speedway as for the last time since he began singing the favorite pre race hit in 1972, he’d walk away.
Despite that, many wondered if he could make one last hurrah this year and sing it one more time despite retiring in 2014.
Today, we know that won’t happen as Boles and IMS officials have yet to announce who would be singing the song this May. Last year, Straight No Chaser sang their own rendition as no word yet from either side if they will do it again for 2016, or if someone new will join in.
That announcement will be made soon though.