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Jim Harbaugh to drive pace car for Indianapolis 500

JR Hildebrand drives laps during practice for the Indianapolis 500 in Indianapolis. Reuters

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has been involved with the sport of IndyCar Racing ever since his playing days for the Indianapolis Colts in the late 1990’s. Now he gets a chance to play a part in one of motor racing’s greatest spectacles.

According to Curt Cavin of the Indianapolis Star, Harbaugh will drive the pace car to lead the 33-car field to the green flag Sunday morning for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500. Harbaugh will be in front of the field in a 2014 Corvette Stingray leading the way to the green flag.

“I know my heart is going to be beating out of my chest,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh played for the Indianapolis Colts from 1994-1997. During his time in Indianapolis, Harbaugh became a co-owner of Panther Racing and has been involved with the sport ever since. The team has used Harbaugh’s No. 4 from his playing days with the Colts as the number for their car. J.R. Hildebrand starts 10th Sunday for the team in the No. 4 National Guard car. Panther racing is also providing rides for Oriol Servia (13th) and Townsend Bell (22nd) in the race.

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17 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh to drive pace car for Indianapolis 500”
  1. cali49er707 says: May 22, 2013 4:36 AM

    I know he is hated by many & it’s understandable but, their is no denying the dude can coach.

  2. lionsdraftguy says: May 22, 2013 5:15 AM

    Who cares, its Jim Harbaugh.

  3. elwaysmilehighdenver says: May 22, 2013 5:23 AM

    Lets hope Harbaughs anger doesn’t turn into road rage resulting in a right turn wreck!

  4. hoosiercolts says: May 22, 2013 5:49 AM

    Indy still loves Captain Comeback.

  5. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: May 22, 2013 6:31 AM

    I mean shouldn’t it be JOHN who gets to do the fun type of activities this year?

  6. ninerssince84 says: May 22, 2013 7:09 AM

    because he’s awesome.

  7. Iknoweverything says: May 22, 2013 8:07 AM

    Word is that he whined, cried, and threw a temper tantrum until they agreed to let him drive.

  8. musicman495 says: May 22, 2013 8:08 AM

    “Now stay tuned for the greatest spectacle in racing!”

    Cannot stand Harbaugh, but I will be glued to the TV for that start.

  9. floratiotime says: May 22, 2013 8:20 AM

    Watch him find some way to cheat.

  10. tommyribs says: May 22, 2013 9:01 AM

    “I want cake now!”

  11. fumblenuts says: May 22, 2013 9:43 AM

    He invited Pete Carroll to ride shotgun.

  12. raiderrob21 says: May 22, 2013 9:44 AM

    Im sensing some serious road rage as soon as something doesnt go his way.

  13. ninerfan81 says: May 22, 2013 9:46 AM

    Not sure if this is a good idea, lol, coach only knows one speed

  14. grogseal says: May 22, 2013 9:52 AM

    What ever happened to the rule that no celebrities, only experienced drivers, would drive the pace car at the Indy 500!!!
    This was declared many years ago (1971) after an inexperienced person, Eldon Palmer, an Indiana care dealer, misjudged his speed while pacing the start of the race and crashed into a temporary stands where photographers were seated. Luckily there were no fatalities.

  15. joe2jerry says: May 22, 2013 10:23 AM

    It makes me laugh when the haters come out! Love or hate the man, you have to have a lot of people caring about you and what you do to generate so many comments in these sections.

    I’m just glad he coaches my favorite team because before him the guy hated the most was coaching the Pats and we all know how that’s going!

  16. benning89 says: May 22, 2013 11:55 AM

    For the life of me, I don’t know why more people don’t give credit, when credit is due.

    He came into Forty Whiner-land, changed their culture, inspires & treats his players fair (minus Alex Smith), and now they’re winners! Even I can admire that, and I’m a Raiders fan.

    Set the pace, Harbaugh…You’ve earned it!

  17. musicman495 says: May 22, 2013 12:18 PM

    hoosiercolts says: May 22, 2013 5:49 AM

    Indy still loves Captain Comeback.
    ——————–
    Captain Comeback was Roger Staubach and played for the Dallas Cowboys. Thank God Indianapolis has one thing that is original (just not in football), and that is the 500.

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