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San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh prepared to drive Indianapolis 500 pace car

Jim Harbaugh is finally going to get to see a yellow flag.The coach of the San Francisco 49ers will drive the pace car for the start of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, and while he won't be behind the wheel during in-race cautions — when the yellow flag comes out — you can be sure he'll have a wry smile on his face when it flutters in the breeze.It was just a few months ago, during the Super Bowl in New Orleans, that Harbaugh's 49ers had a chance to take the lead in the waning minutes. But despite contact in the end zone on fourth down, the officials didn't call a penalty, and the Baltimore Ravens held on for a 34-31 victory."You brought up a very bitter feeling that I have about that," Harbaugh said with a smile on Saturday. "I probably always will."Harbaugh has a much more cheerful disposition when it comes to the Indianapolis 500.He's been getting coaching all weekend from three-time winner Johnny Rutherford, who will slide behind the wheel of the pace car once the race begins. He's...

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