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Actor-Entertainer Sang ‘Back Home Again in Indiana’ during Pre-Race Ceremonies for 36 Years INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 – Actor-entertainer Jim Nabors, one of the most beloved figures in Indianapolis 500 history for his stirring pre-race rendition of “Back Home Again in Indiana,” passed away Thursday, Nov. 30 at his home in Hawaii. He was…
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 – A statement from the Hulman-George family, owners of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, about actor and entertainer Jim Nabors, who died Thursday, Nov. 30 at age 87. Nabors sang a beloved rendition of “Back Home Again in Indiana” 36 times between 1972 and 2014 during pre-race ceremonies for the Indianapolis 500: “Jim…
Fans Can Save on Selected Tickets, Get Best Available Seats for 102nd Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 – Race fans, start your engines for the Month of May 2018. Tickets for all Month of May events in 2018 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the fifth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix…
Cornelison Set for Return IMS Performance in May 2018
Famed Blackhawks Performer To Sing ‘Back Home Again In Indiana’ before 102nd Indy 500
Watch Video of Cornelison Performing in 2017 at IMS
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 – His voice thrilled hundreds of thousands of fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and millions more across the globe on Race Day in May 2017, and now he’s back for more. Jim Cornelison will return to sing “Back Home Again in Indiana” before the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 27, 2018.
Cornelison is known to sports fans everywhere as the powerful and exclusive voice behind “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Chicago Blackhawks’ home games. He took the “Back Home Again in Indiana” mantle last May, generating widespread praise and social media buzz from fans in Indianapolis and beyond.
“Jim perfectly captured the powerful emotion behind one of Race Day’s most iconic moments, and barely a day has gone by without a fan asking us to bring him back for next year’s race,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “We’re happy he’s returning to IMS and we’re grateful to our friends with the Blackhawks’ organization for working with us to make this happen.”
Cornelison is a 1992 graduate of the Master of Music program at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and has been the popular singer of the national anthem before all Blackhawks’ home games at the United Center in Chicago since the 2008-09 season. His soaring vocals and spirited style have welcomed millions of network viewers to the Stanley Cup Finals over multiple championship runs for the team.
“Last year was such an amazing experience, and I can’t wait to come back to Indy,” Cornelison said. “I already have Race Day circled on my calendar!”
Cornelison will become the first performer to sing “Back Home Again in Indiana” in consecutive years since the retirement of Jim Nabors in 2014. Nabors sang the tune 36 times during Indy 500 pre-race ceremonies between 1972-2014.
The popularity of Cornelison’s powerful performances has led to him singing in front of national audiences at many other sporting events, including a 2012 Ryder Cup golf match, Arlington Million horse race, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, ESPN’s “College GameDay” before an Indiana-Ohio State game in August 2017, ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” and two USA Rugby matches, the first vs. New Zealand All Blacks and the second vs. Australia at Soldier Field. He’s also made television performances on “TODAY,” “The Colbert Report” and “Harry Connick Jr. Show.”
Cornelison’ s widespread appreciation and popularity in Chicago is also evident on his resume. He has performed before games for every major Chicago professional sports team, including the Chicago Bears’ home opener since 2010.
Cornelison, a tenor, sang with numerous opera companies before becoming one of six accepted apprentices from more than 800 applicants for the Lyric Opera’s Apprenticeship Program in Chicago in 1995.
He has performed nationally and internationally with some of the biggest names in opera, including Placido Domingo and Zubin Mehta, and with opera companies in the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, France and many other locations.
Washington state native Cornelison has a strong commitment to the U.S. Armed Forces and to charitable organizations. He serves on the advisory board of the Illinois Patriot Education Fund, is the honorary squadron commander of the USAF Band of Mid-America and an honorary member of YPO-Gold. He regularly participates with charitable organizations such as Dreams for Kids, the USO and veterans’ support groups.
2018 tickets: Tickets for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 go on sale on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The entire Month of May schedule and ticket purchase options can be found on www.ims.com. Kids 15 and under are free to all 2018 racing events at IMS when accompanied by an adult General Admission ticket-holder.
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INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 – Bronze Badges for the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one of the most treasured keepsakes and best values in sports, are available for fans seeking insider access to the INDYCAR Grand Prix and 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. A Bronze Badge provides gate admission and…
SCCA Runoffs at IMS Attract Record Total of 1,000-Plus Entries INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 – More than 1,000 entries have been received for the Sports Car Club of America 2017 National Championship Runoffs on Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first time the most prestigious amateur racing event in America is…
Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network Ratings Soar for 101st Indianapolis 500 INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, July 12, 2017 – Overall United States radio listenership of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil grew 43 percent from 2016 on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, according to a recent research study. The study from GfK Custom…
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – The nation’s most prestigious and longest-running all-Corvette show, Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA, will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from June 22-24.
“The Granddaddy of Corvette Shows,” Bloomington Gold will showcase a one-of-a-kind display of 1967 Corvettes and feature Corvettes from all other years throughout the IMS infield.
New and used Corvettes will be available for purchase, and attendees will be encouraged to visit the more than 200 Corvette-specialty vendors at the event.
Open each day from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., the Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA show at IMS will feature a wide variety of additional attractions, including:
– Gold certification: Visitors may watch Corvettes being judged for Bloomington Gold’s prestigious Gold certification and the highly coveted Benchmark.
– The 1967 Gold Collection will present 37 of some of the rarest 1967 Corvettes in the world.
– Track laps: Corvette owners may drive on the IMS oval at 60 mph. Stop by the Bloomington Gold track office during the show for availability. NOTE: The track office is in the IMS infield just south of the Alley Café near Gasoline Alley.
– Kiss the Bricks: All drivers participating in track laps will have a photo op kissing the bricks at 2:15 p.m. Thursday and again at 9:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
– 2018 Corvette-Chevrolet will be present with eight different models/colors of the 2018 Corvette.
– Chevy Ride-n-Drive: All Chevrolet cars on the market will be available for test drives.
– Autocross: Corvette owners may drive on a course in the IMS infield – five runs for $25 per car. Purchase at Bloomington Gold track office.
– GoldSpeed: The IMS road course also may be experienced as a passenger with a professional race car driver. Free for Ride-n-Drive participants.
– Buy or sell: Corvettes of all ages will be available for sale.
– At 5 p.m. Saturday, Bloomington Gold’s Gold Tour will leave the track for an 18-mile course along Indiana roads. More than 1,000 Corvettes will participate. Cost is $10 per Corvette, and advance registration is required onsite at the track office.
– Block Party in downtown Speedway: After the tour Saturday night, participants will return to downtown Speedway, where many restaurant owners are offering discounts. This is free to attend. Come see the many different Corvettes starting at about 5:30 p.m.
– Tech talk: GM-certified technician Paul Koerner will offer Corvette Technology 101 classes. Sign up online at Bloomingtongold.com.
– John Kraman with Mecum Auctions will give insights into the auction process, also part of GoldSchool.
– Three Corvette Cutaways (see-through) will be on display in the plaza, offering great learning tools for Corvette hobbyists.
For more information on the Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA show at IMS, including a complete schedule of events, visit the organization’s website at Bloomingtongold.com.
This event is open to the public. A three-day pass to the Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA show is available for $60 in advance on bloomingtongold.com. Single-day admission tickets are $25 day of the event.