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3/25/2014 - Goosebumps at the Indianapolis 500

Photo: Jim Nabors (left) and VM editor D. Randy Riggs share a moment during the 2013 Indianapolis 500 weekend.

Indianapolis—Are you one of those who get goosebumps moments before the Indianapolis 500 gets the wave of the green flag? For thousands who attend the race or watch on TVs at home, the goosebumps come when beloved actor-entertainer and legendary Indianapolis 500 icon Jim Nabors sings "Back Home Again in Indiana."

The 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25 will mark the last time Nabors will sing his rendition of the song which became a beloved tradition of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" since he first performed it in 1972.

"The first time that I ever sang at the Indy 500 in 1972, the warmth I got from the crowd immediately made me become a lifetime Hoosier; and I've always cherished it," Nabors said. "I'll see you all in May; but I've come to the conclusion that my health doesn't permit me to travel very much anymore. So I'll be retiring from singing 'Back Home Again' at the Indy 500 after this year.

Nabors, 83, has performed the song 34 times in person at IMS.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will honor and thank Nabors for his years of performance in several ways during Indianapolis 500 race weekend that will be announced at a later date. Fans are encouraged to tell their Nabors stories at

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