The riveting countdown to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” begins now! The 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will take place Sunday, May 26, 2019.
Fan favorite Jim Cornelison will sing "Back Home Again in Indiana." Known to sports fans everywhere as the powerful voice behind "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Chicago Blackhawks' home games, Cornelison also has captivated Indianapolis 500 fans and viewers for the last two years, generating widespread praise and social media applause since taking the "Back Home Again in Indiana" mantle in May 2017.
He became 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.
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.
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.