Jim Nabors to miss Indy 500

Updated: May 2, 2012, 6:04 PM ET
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Heart surgery will prevent Jim Nabors from performing "Back Home Again in Indiana" at this year's Indianapolis 500.

The 81-year-old Nabors will have surgery later this month, Indianapolis Motor Speedway spokesman Doug Boles said.

"I am very disappointed that I will not be at this year's Indianapolis 500," Nabors said in a statement. "I have attended nearly 40 races and been honored to sing 'Back Home Again.' There is no place I would rather be on Memorial Day weekend than with my family of Indianapolis 500 fans. I am looking forward to returning and singing in person once again in 2013."

Boles told The Indianapolis Star on Wednesday that a Speedway video crew is set to record Nabors singing the song in Hawaii next week for playback during the pre-race festivities. The race is scheduled for May 27.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.