For a third consecutive year, Jim Cornelison will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to sing "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the start of the 2019 Indianapolis 500. The tenor is and Indiana University graduate and is best known for his rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Chicago Blackhawks games.
IMS President Doug Boles says "Jim has become a familiar, anticipated voice for Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series fans in just two years, so we’re thrilled he’s back with us on Race Day and joining in on the entire countdown to the Indy 500. Everyone loves Jim and his passion for IMS and IndyCar, and his stirring pre-race performances are becoming a Month of May highlight for everyone."
Cornelison is the first to sing "Back Home Again in Indiana" in consecutive years since the late-Jim Nabors — who sang the beloved tune 36 times before the Indy 500 between 1972-2014 — retired in 2014.
The 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 will be May 26.
See Cornelison’s 2017 performance courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: