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Jim Nabors to return to Indianapolis 500 after year away

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. -

A familiar face - and voice - will return to the Indianapolis 500 this year.

Jim Nabors, who has performed "Back Home Again In Indiana" before the race almost every year since 1972, will return to that role after a year away for health reasons.

Nabors, 82, underwent heart valve surgery last May and missed the race. Instead, the actor recorded the song on video, which was played on video boards around the track before the race.

"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."

Nabors also missed the 2007 race for health reasons.

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