The head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh, has been announced as the pace car driver for this year’s 97th annual Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Coach Harbaugh is very excited about this opportunity to drive the pace car on Sunday. How excited? He even had a dream about it!
“Ive already had a dream about it,” Harbaugh said. “I kept the car out on the track and won the Indy 500. I know my heart is going to be beating out of my chest.”
For those who don’t know, Harbaugh is a co-owner of Panther Racing. Panther Racing is a venture co-owned by Harbaugh, John Barnes, Gary Pedigo, Mike Griffin, Terry Lingner, and Doug Boles. This year Panther Racing is fielding three entries in the thirty-three car field: JR Hildebrand, Oriol Servia, and Townsend Bell.
The team fields two full-time entries; the No. 4 driven by JR Hildebrand and the No. 22 driven by Oriol Servia. Servia’s team may be shut down after this weekend’s race if the team cannot find sponsorship. Hildebrand’s car which bears the No. 4 was chosen based on Harbaugh’s jersey number when he played for the Indianapolis Colts.