He didn't get the trophy, but he did get the girl pace car. San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh – who quarterbacked the Indianapolis Colts from 1994 to 1997 – will lead the 33-car Indianapolis 500 field around The Brickyard in a 2014 Corvette Stingray pace car.

Harbaugh's other connection to the race is that he's a principal in Panther Racing, which has two cars running on Sunday that are powered by Chevrolet engines: JR Hildebrand is starting tenth, teammate Townsend Bell is 22nd. There's a press release below with the kind of juicy quotes you'd expect from all involved.
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Jim Harbaugh to Pace Indy 500 in 2014 Corvette Stingray

INDIANAPOLIS – Jim Harbaugh, head coach of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, will drive the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Pace Car to lead the pack of 33 racers to the start of the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500, this Sunday.

Harbaugh, who took the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012, is no stranger to Indianapolis. He was a quarterback for the Colts football team from 1994 through 1997. During his time with the Colts, he was named AFC Player of the Year and named to the Pro Bowl in 1995.

Harbaugh is also a racing fan and a principal at Panther Racing, which fields the two-car, Chevrolet-powered IndyCar team with drivers J.R. Hildebrand and Townsend Bell. Hildebrand will drive the No. 4 National Guard Chevrolet in Indianapolis 500 and Bell will compete in the No. 60 Sunoco "Turbo" Chevrolet.

"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," said Harbaugh. "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 Laguna Blue Pace Car marks a record 12th time the Corvette has served in the role, starting in 1978. The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale this fall, with a convertible model coming a few months later. It is powered by an all-new 6.2L LT1 engine, which features advanced technologies including direct fuel injection, continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management, also known as cylinder deactivation, , to help produce 455 horsepower more efficiently.

"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 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe will be available later this summer and have a suggested starting retail price of $51,995. Price includes a $995 destination fee but excludes tax, title, and license.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      breakfastburrito
      • 1 Year Ago
      Having lost N.A.S.A, Hostess twinkies, the planet Pluto, etc. there is something truly heartwarming as an American, about seeing the Vette pace car still rockin the track. I hope it never gets replaced by anything else.
      CorvetteBlogger
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anyone notice that the press release says the LT1 has 455 hp and not the 450 estimated hp we've been told since the engine's debut last fall. Leak or typo? http://www.corvetteblogger.com/2013/05/23/harbaugh-pace-car-announcement-says-chevy-c7-corvette-to-make-455-hp/
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CorvetteBlogger
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      mantle77k
      • 1 Year Ago
      where else could you find so many racists in one place?. It's like GOP heaven........
        hobbs74
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mantle77k
        Just exactly what are you babbling about?
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mantle77k
        What are you talking about? I don't see anything about race, or Republicans for that matter. Judging by your comment, it sounds like you'r the one who's the bigot here.
      Wild Boys
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only in america - reward the loser
        hobbs74
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Wild Boys
        What did you win?
        user164
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Wild Boys
        Jim is still well thought of in Indy - he led the Colts to the first real taste of success in Indy by QBing the team to the '94 AFC Championship Game. "Captain Comeback" and the "Cardiac Colts". That is probably the main reason he was chosen (as opposed to being the coach of the 49ers in their Super Bowl loss).
          Chris
          • 1 Year Ago
          @user164
          I agree with everything you said, but I must correct you on one thing. Harbaugh led the Colts to the AFC Championship game in 1995, not 1994. In 1994, it was the Chargers, who beat the Steelers, and went on to lose the Super Bowl to the 49ers. It was 1995 where Jim Harbaugh and the Colts went all the way to the AFC Championship game and lost lost to the Steelers. Harbaugh threw that hail mary pass into the end zone in the final seconds of the game, but it wasn't enough as no one caught the ball and the Steelers won the game, and advanced to the Super Bowl.
      x19x19
      • 1 Year Ago
      Every time I see another photo of the C7, the C6 looks better. Still can't believe the rear end made it through design approval. Four traditional round tail lights would have made the entire design perfect.
        protovici
        • 1 Year Ago
        @x19x19
        I can believe it. The Camaro made it through the design approval. Glad this one made it out with only bad tail lights.
      El Duque
      • 1 Year Ago
      best head coach in the nfl.
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's hope he doesn't get angry and create a pileup.
      Robert Brooks
      • 1 Year Ago
      Harbaugh's other connection to the race is that he's a principal in Panther Racing, which has two cars running on Sunday that are powered by Chevrolet engines: JR Hildebrand is starting tenth, teammate Townsend Bell is 22nd. Stick with your day job bro.
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      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interesting the front air deflector is a little different than the C6.
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