Jim Nabors has made a tradition out of singing "Back Home Again In Indiana" at the Indy 500.
A famous face will not be at the Indianapolis 500 this year.
Eyewitness News sports director Dave Calabro confirmed Tuesday night that Jim Nabors will miss the Indy 500 pre-race celebration for the second time in the last six years. Nabors, whose rendition of "Back Home Again In Indiana" became a Speedway tradition in 1972, will undergo heart valve surgery later this month.
"It's a very, I don't know, to me, it's just magical," Nabors said in a 2009 interview. "To be here all of those years, it's part of my life, part of my history now. It's been great to see all the kids grow up."
Doctors expect the 81-year-old to make a complete recovery.
Nabors will record the song on video before his surgery and that video will be played at the race.