Jim Cornelison to return for 102nd Indy 500, to sing ‘Back Home Again in Indiana’

Jim Cornelison sings National Anthem at the Kicks for a Cure charity event at Grant Park on Saturday, June 27, 2015 in Chicago. Kicks for a Cure is hosted by C.H. Robinson and benefits Receptions for Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation. (John Konstantaras/AP Images for C.H. Robinson)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Jim Cornelison will sing “Back Home Again in Indiana” prior to the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway made the announcement Tuesday morning, saying  Cornelison will return after performing the song before the 101st running.

IMS President Doug Boles said Cornelison’s performance has been well received by race fans.

“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,” 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 IU grad and has been the singer of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Chicago Blackhawks games since the 2008-2009 season.