San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to drive Indianapolis 500 pace car

Harbaugh was Colts quarterback from 94-97

INDIANAPOLIS - San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will drive the pace car at Sunday's Indianapolis 500.

Harbaugh, who took the 49ers to the Super Bowl this year, is no stranger to Indy. He was the Colts' quarterback from 1994 to 1997 and is a principal at Panther Racing, which fields the two-car IndyCar team with drivers J.R. Hildebrand and Townsend Bell.

"As a longtime racing fan and someone who has always followed the Indianapolis 500, the honor to drive the Pace Car comes as a tremendous thrill," Harbaugh said in a news release. "Doing it in the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray makes it even better. It's an iconic car leading an iconic race."

Harbaugh's stint behind the wheel of the pace car marks a record 12th time the Corvette has served in the role, starting in 1978. 

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