IRL: Jim Nabors unable to attend 91st Indy 500

NABORS UNABLE TO ATTEND INDIANAPOLIS 500 DUE TO ILLNESS; FANS TO SING 'BACK HOME AGAIN IN INDIANA' INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 24, 2007 -- Actor-entertainer Jim Nabors will not attend the 91st Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27 and sing "Back...

NABORS UNABLE TO ATTEND INDIANAPOLIS 500 DUE TO ILLNESS; FANS TO SING 'BACK HOME AGAIN IN INDIANA'

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 24, 2007 -- Actor-entertainer Jim Nabors will not attend the 91st Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27 and sing "Back Home Again in Indiana" during pre-race ceremonies due to illness.

Nabors will address the Race Day crowd on the video boards at IMS from his home in Hawaii and then ask the fans to sing the beloved song together in his place.

"It's a shame that my good friend Jim Nabors is not going to be here on Race Day, and everyone here at the event will miss him tremendously," said Mari Hulman George, Indianapolis Motor Speedway chairman of the board. "We hope that the fans' rendition of 'Back Home Again in Indiana' serves as a get-well card to Jim from hundreds of thousands of his close friends here at the track."

Nabors has become a legendary figure in Indianapolis 500 lore since he began his stirring rendition of "Back Home Again in Indiana" during pre-race ceremonies in 1972. He has sung the tune before 29 Indianapolis 500-Mile Races since 1972, including every year since 1987.

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Indy 500 tickets on sale: Tickets are on sale for the 2007 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27, the 91st running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.

Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (ET) Monday-Sunday during May, with special hours of 6 a.m.-1 p.m. on Race Day, Sunday, May 27. Online orders can be made at any time.

Race Day ticket prices start at just $20.

-credit: ims

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