The head coach of NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh, will be driving the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Pace Car at this Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, the 97th running of ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’

Harbaugh will lead the pack of 33 cars to the start of the race in the stunning blue Corvette Stingray featured above, which is completely stock except for a few safety features and strobe lights.

This will be a record 12th time that a Corvette has paced the Indy 500, with the first occurring back in 1978.

Harbaugh, too, is no stranger to Indianapolis. He was a quarterback for the Colts football team from 1994 through 1997.

The 49-year-old is also an avid 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 be driving the #4 National Guard Chevrolet and Bell will compete in the #60 Sunoco “Turbo” Chevrolet in the upcoming race.

Anyone hoping to test drive a new 2014 Corvette Stingray themselves will have to wait until this fall (convertible versions will follow a few months later). The car debuts with a 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine, good for an estimated 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. Pricing starts at $51,995, which includes a $995 destination fee.

For full details on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, click here.

In related news,  Ed Carpenter in his own Ed Carpenter Racing  #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet V-6 scored the pole positioned for the Indy 500. Carpenter put up a blistering four-lap average speed of 228.762 mph.

Ed Carpenter at the 2013 Indianapolis 500

Ed Carpenter at the 2013 Indianapolis 500


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