Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison will be a part of the Indy 500 again

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CHICAGO, IL - MAY 21: Opera singer Jim Cornelison sings the national anthem prior to Game Two of the Western Conference Final between the Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 21, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS  РOver the past decade, as the franchise has risen back to prominence in the National Hockey League, Jim Cornelison has engrained himself into gameday traditions of Blackhawks hockey.

His rendition rekindled the Chicago Stadium tradition of cheering during the National Anthem, introducing it to a new generation of fans interested in the Blackhawks as the team entered a new era.

Now it appears that Cornelison is becoming a part of another major sporting event about three hours south of Chicago.

On Wednesday, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that the Blackhawks’ anthem singer will once again perform “Back Home Again in Indiana” before the running of the 102nd Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2018.

It will be the second time that Cornelison will sing the song during the pre-race ceremonies for the traditional open wheel showcase on Memorial Day weekend. The song was made famous by actor Jim Nabors, who outside of a few absences due to health issues, was the “Back Home Again in Indiana” singer from 1972-2014.

Cornelison has a connection to the state, having earned his master’s degree in music from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1992.


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