The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has chosen Jim Cornelison to sing "(Back Home Again in) Indiana" ahead of the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. Cornelison, a graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, is known for singing the national anthem before every Chicago Blackhawks home game.
Cornelison has been the exclusive singer of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Blackhawks games since the 2008-2009 season. He joins the likes of Straight No Chaser and Josh Kaufman in the group of performers to sing "(Back Home Again in) Indiana" since Jim Nabors stepped down from his annual performance in 2014.
"Jim Cornelison’s powerful tenor voice is one that most sports fans know and have heard in the United Center and on TV sets across the country," IMS President Doug Boles. "We are thrilled to welcome him to IMS to perform the song that means so much to every Indianapolis 500 fan – whether they are from Indiana or otherwise – and we would like to thank the Blackhawks’ organization for working with us to allow Jim to be here for this most important pre-race tradition."
Cornelison graduated from the Master of Music Program at IU in 1992. The Washington state native has also performed at a variety of major sporting events, including the Ryder Cup, NASCAR events and USA Rugby matches.