Indy 500: Jim Harbaugh to Drive Pace Car

May 29, 2011; Indianapolis, IN, USA; The Indianapolis 500 centennial logo and the car of Indy Car Series driver Bruno Junqueira prior to the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has coached in a Super Bowl and was named AP Coach of the Year in 2011, but apparently one of his greatest memories will come this weekend and it will not be on the football field. Instead, Harbaugh will be in the pace car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indianapolis 500.

“I count this as one of the great memories of my life, as long as I don’t screw it up,” Harbaugh said, via FOX News. “My first time around, I knew I had more work to do, and Johnny has been coaching me up, and my confidence went up a lot when I got more practice. I’m looking forward to going out there.”

Harbaugh is no stranger to the racing world.

The coach got interested in Indy cars during his playing days with the Indianapolis Colts and since then he has went on to form Panther Racing, which has two cars in the race.

For those wanting to know what kind of car Harbaugh will be driving to pace the field, it is a 2014 Corvette Stingray. Once the race begins, three-time Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford will get behind the wheel of the pace car.

Here is an image of the Corvette Stingray Harbaugh and Rutherford will be driving:

(Photo by Bret Kelley for Chevrolet)

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Topics: Indy 500, Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers

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