Harbaugh gets 49ers up to speed
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SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers did not waste any time getting back up to speed on the practice field Tuesday at organized team activities.

And coach Jim Harbaugh did not even have to drive a pace car to get them going.

Harbaugh and most of his players returned to work Tuesday after the Memorial Day weekend. Harbaugh spent Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he drove the pace car for the Indianapolis 500.

"It was mainly 100 mph," Harbaugh said of the speed while driving the car. "And then the last two turns (I) got it to 118. Of course, by next week when I retell the story it might be up to 138."

Harbaugh said he had three-time Indy champion Johnny Rutherford as a teacher, and he drove 10 to 15 laps of practice the day before the race.

"My truck goes 65, so it was a little different being in a high-performance Corvette Stingray like that," he said.

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Harbaugh said he is still going through the process of hiring a consultant to his staff. Harbaugh has spoken with former De La Salle High coach Bob Ladouceur and former New York Jets and Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini this offseason.

Said Harbaugh, "We're still processing that, and may have something as the weeks go on for you. . . Rather than be premature about what we're looking for, or what we're going to do, there will be a time and a place to talk about that."