Fans get chance to thank Nabors before ‘Back Home Again’ Swan song

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INDIANAPOLIS (May 22, 2014) – It’s a race day tradition that ranks right up there with “gentlemen, start your engines.”

When Jim Nabors takes the stage to sing “Back Home Again in Indiana,” it will mark his final performance before the Indianapolis 500.

But before that happens, fans have the chance to say “thanks” to the singer and actor.

Nabors will be part of a “meet and greet” event on Friday during Coors Light Carb Day. Wristbands will be available at 9 a.m. on Pagoda Plaza. The event will start immediately after a question-and-answer session with Nabors, which begins at 10:30 a.m.

During Saturday’s Legends Day, Nabors will appear trackside at IMS during the Public Drivers Meeting at 10:30 a.m. He’ll also serve as an Honorary Grand Marshal during the IPL 500 Festival Parade in downtown Indianapolis.

On race day, Nabors will hit the red carpet before being taken around the track on a parade lap. His final rendition of “Back Home Again in Indiana” is scheduled for 12:09 p.m. Sunday.

Nabors has performed the song 34 times at IMS since 1972, when he received a last-second call asking if he could fill in. What followed became an Indy 500 tradition, with the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band providing the accompaniment.

Nabors will attend the Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration at IMS on Monday to round out race weekend.