San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh will drive the pace car in the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
In a release, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced the Harbaugh will be behind the wheel of the brand new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Pace Car to lead 33 racers around the track.
Prior to his coaching days, Harbaugh was quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts for four seasons between 1994 and '97, earning AFC offensive player of the year honors in '95.
“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, according to the release. “Doing it in the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray makes it even better. It's an iconic car leading an iconic race.”
Harbaugh is a co-owner of Indy-based Panther Racing, which has two drivers in the race Sunday.
“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.”