The 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 is seven months away and officials are already announcing the race’s first guest performer. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway says Jim Cornelison, known for singing the national anthem for the Chicago Blackhawks, will return to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing to sing "(Back Home Again in) Indiana."
Cornelison will be the first singer to perform the song in consecutive years since Jim Nabors retired in 2014. Cornelison received high praise for his performance at this year’s race, which you can view in the video below.
"Jim perfectly captured the powerful emotion behind one of Race Day’s most iconic moments, and barely a day has gone by without a fan asking us to bring him back for next year’s race," said Doug Boles, president of IMS. "We’re happy he’s returning to IMS and we’re grateful to our friends with the Blackhawks’ organization for working with us to make this happen."
Cornelison is a graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He has also performed at other major sporing events, including the Ryder Cup, NASCAR and ESPN’s "Friday Night Fights."