First Goober Pyle passes away, now Gomer Pyle is missing the Indy 500! Say it ain’t so, Andy Griffith.

USA Today is reporting that Jim Nabors will miss the Indy 500 auto race on May 27, 2012 because he has to undergo heart surgery later this month. A film crew will travel to fly to Hawaii next week to film Nabors singing his famous pre-race celebration song “Back Home Again in Indiana.”

The 81-year-old TV star began performing the song for the annual race in 1972 and has performed the song every year but once since 1987, when Nabors missed the 2007 race due to health reasons also.