John Randal (JR) Hildebrand Jr. started his career as promising young driver, winning USF2000 National Championship in 2006 at the age of 18, and Indy Lights series in 2009 at 21. In 2010 Hildebrand made his IndyCar Series debut, competing in two races for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as a substitute driver for the injured Mike Conway. For 2011 he signed a multi–year contract to drive the No. 4 National Guard entry for Panther Racing. Hildebrand took very impressive drive in his debut Indy 500 race in 2011, where he led at the halfway point and finished second. In 2011, in the season-ending race Hildebrand was involved in a 15-car chain-reaction crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which claimed the life of two-time Indy 500 winner and 2005 IndyCar Series champion Dan Wheldon. Hildebrand sustained an injured sternum and was transported by ground ambulance to a Las Vegas area hospital, where he was admitted for treatment. He was 14th in the final drivers’ standings of the season with 296 points, missing the Rookie of the Year trophy to James Hinchcliffe by 6 points only.
|J.R. Hildebrand||4||Panther Racing|
|Dallara IR-05||Honda||National Guard|
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