News & Multimedia

Hildebrand To Compete In '500'

JR Hildebrand has competed against Ed Carpenter on Verizon IndyCar Series ovals and road/street circuits since 2010. Now he'll join Ed Carpenter Racing for the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 25.

Hildebrand, the 2011 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year when he finished runner-up to Dan Wheldon, will drive the No. 21 Chevrolet-powered second entry for the team. Carpenter, the lone owner/driver in the series, will compete for a starting spot in the race for the 11th time. He was the 2013 Verizon P1 Award winner with a four-lap average speed of 228.762 mph on the 2.5-mile oval in the Fast Nine Shootout. Corporate partnership support for Hildebrand’s entry will be announced in the near future.

“JR has been the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year and an Indy Lights champion, so his credentials are very impressive. It is great to have another American driver in the 500 this year and competing with ECR,” said Carpenter, who will drive the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka car in the six oval races on the schedule. “We believe a second car at Indy will assist us in preparing for a strong performance in this year’s Indy 500.”

Click it: Get Indianapolis 500 and Grand Prix of Indianapolis tickets

A second entry for the Indianapolis 500 is a first for the 3-year-old team. The Carpenter-Hildebrand combination currently is the only alll-American team entered.

“I’m extremely excited to join Ed Carpenter Racing for this year’s Indianapolis 500,” said Hildebrand, 26, a native of Sausalito, Calif., who resides in Boulder, Colo. “Ed’s team has been very strong on the ovals the past two years, including winning at Fontana and taking the pole position at last year’s '500.' Working with Ed and his staff at Indy gives me a lot of confidence going into the world’s biggest race.  I can’t wait to jump into the No. 21 Chevy and get back to the Speedway.”

Practice begins May 11, with qualifications scheduled for May 17-18. Under a revised format, the field of 33 will be determined the first day. All entries will contend for their starting positions the second day.

Hildebrand started 10th and finished 33rd (contact) in the 2013 Indianapolis 500 -- one of five races (best finish of fifth at Long Beach) driving for Panther Racing. He also competed in two races for Barracuda Racing. He has five top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. He's led seven races for a total of 74 laps, and has been running at the finish in 31 of his 41 races. Hildebrand won the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights championship, posting four victories among 11 top-five finishes, and made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in 2010 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

With Carpenter contesting the oval races this season, Mike Conway will drive the No. 20 car in the 12 road/street course races. He tested March 17-18 at Barber Motorsports Park in preparation for the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 28-30.
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Hildebrand To Compete In '500'
 
Hildebrand To Compete In '500'
JR Hildebrand has competed against Ed Carpenter on Verizon IndyCar Series ovals and road/street circuits since 2010. Now he'll join Ed Carpenter Racing for the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 25.
Read More
Related Media
Ed Carpenter
 
Pruett's Preview: Firestone 600, Continued
With the Verizon IndyCar Series and TMS left to halt the race after 72 laps (173 kilometers) and multiple delays due to bad weather, the ninth race on the 2016 tour will take the green flag after a 78-day hold. And with 177 laps (427km) left to complete, teams will receive two brief 10-minute warmup sessions before the field is placed into the positions each driver held on the last lap in June and sent into furious action at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Read More
Indy 500
 
101st Indianapolis 500, Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Highlighting 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series May Schedule
The series released its full 2017 schedule and it includes the iconic 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 28 and the fourth annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 13.
Read More
Sky Lounge
 
Sky Lounge, Checkered Flag Club Offer Upscale Options for Red Bull Air Race Viewing
For the first time in more than a century, the racing action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be in the skies rather than on the pavement for the Red Bull Air Race.
Read More
Ryan Hunter-Reay
 
Pruett's Preview: ABC Supply 500
Ryan Hunter-Reay didn’t want to celebrate his win at Pocono last year. And he wasn’t alone. Points and trophies were duly awarded after the checkered flag flew at the 2-mile superspeedway, but in light of the accident that would claim the life of his teammate Justin Wilson the following day, Pocono 2015 is more a reminder of what IndyCar lost than anything its finishers gained.
Read More
John Cooper
 
Remembering John Cooper
John Cooper, who died Wednesday at the age of 84, was a major player in the motorsports world, not just during his time from 1979-82 as the president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was the kind of man who knew not only the big sponsor developments of the day, but why Joe Smith missed Saturday night’s feature at the local dirt track. Cooper was as much of a racing enthusiast as a mover-and-shaker.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 2,304
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
.@joeylogano is on pole! Don't forget to tune in on Sunday - NASCAR @MISpeedway #NASCAR #PureMichigan400 https://t.co/7nPglBRSxc
about 16 hours ago