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JR Hildebrand Will Have Another Shot at the Indy 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

JR Hildebrand will start his eighth Indianapolis 500 in May with the team he made his IndyCar Series debut with in 2010, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

Hildebrand, 30, competed full-time with Ed Carpenter Racing last year, but the team replaced him with Spencer Pigot, who ran a partial schedule and shared seat time with owner-driver Ed Carpenter.

Hildebrand has yet to make a start this season, so Indianapolis will be his 2018 debut.

Dreyer & Reinbold is entering two Chevrolets in this year’s running. Sage Karam will return to the cockpit of the No. 24. Hildebrand’s car number will be 66.

Hildebrand infamously crashed in Turn 4 of the final lap while leading the 2011 Indy 500 and finished second to the late Dan Wheldon. Since then, Hildebrand has earned finishes no better than sixth, in 2015 and 2016.

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John Haverlin is Frontstretch's exclusive IndyCar editor and writer. He has covered American auto racing's various forms, including NASCAR Cup, Xfinity, Truck, K&N, Whelen Modified, IndyCar, Mazda Road to Indy, USAC, Modified Touring Series, World of Outlaws, ARCA and ACT Tour. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and currently resides in Long Island, New York.

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  1. It was heartbreaking to see JR crashing coming down for the win at Indy. What a lot people don’t remember is, Weldon said he drove every lap as hard/fast as he could after his last pit stop. If he didn’t do that he wouldn’t of beat JR to the checker flag. He never gave up.