San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will drive the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Pace Car to lead the 33-car field to start the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
“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, via SpeedTV.com. “Doing it in the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray makes it even better. It’s an iconic car leading an iconic race.”
Harbaugh was the quarterback for the Colts from 1994 through 1997. During his time in Indianapolis, Harbaugh was named the AFC Player of the Year and selected to the Pro Bowl in 1995.
Harbaugh is the co-owner of Indianapolis-based Panther Racing, which has two-cars competing in the Indy 500. The No. 4 National Guard Chevrolet driven by J.R. Hildebrand and the No. 60 Sunco “Turbo” Chevrolet driven by Townsend bell.
This is the 12th time the Corvette has served as the pace car in the Indy 500, starting in 1978.
“It’s great to have a true racing fan like Jim Harbaugh drive the Corvette Pace Car,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “He personifies the Indianapolis 500’s spirit of competition – and he’s a true athlete, just like the all-new Corvette Stingray.”
The 2013 Indianapolis 500 starts at noon (ET) Sunday and will be televised live on ABC.