JR Hildebrand will drive a second Chevrolet for Dreyer & Reibold Racing in the Indianapolis 500, the team announced Monday (April 22).
Hildebrand, who will be trying to race his ninth Indy 500, will be driving the No. 48 car to honor racing legend Dan Gurney.
TODAY…. @DRRIndyCar announced its 2nd #INDY500 entry with veteran driver @JRHildebrand driving the No. 48 @DRRIndyCar Chevy-powered Dallara in the 103rd #INDY500 set for May 26, 2019. Excited to have JR team up with @SageKaram again this year. No. 48 in honor of Dan Gurney.. pic.twitter.com/fyWEUENjOr
— DRR (@DRRIndyCar) April 22, 2019
“Dan brought such a special and unique story to racing. That’s what it’s about,” Hildebrand said in a team release. “It’s not that we’re comparing our era to his, or me as a driver to him, but we are honoring this legacy that he’s left. That’s obviously a lot of what I am passionate about in the sport.”
Hildebrand drove last year’s Indy 500 IMS for the team, starting 27th and finishing 11th.
“I’m excited to get back for year two with these guys,” he said. “We learned a lot last year about working together as a group and I’m really confident that we’re going to come back this year stronger than we were.”
— NTT IndyCar Series (@IndyCar) April 22, 2019
Dreyer & Reinbold is entering two cars for the Indy 500, with Sage Karam also attempting the race for the team for the fourth consecutive year (and fifth time in the last six).
“With JR and Sage, we have two very talented young drivers who can compete for the win on May 26,” owner Dennis Reinbold said. “Plus, running the No. 48 in honor of Dan Gurney is exciting for me and our team. Dan was one of my heroes as a kid and it will be great to have the No. 48 back at IMS.”
Gurney, who died last year at 86 years old, drove for many years across multiple racing disciplines, including nine starts in the Indy 500 with a best finish of second in 1968 and 1969.
The 103rd Indy 500 will be broadcast for the first time on NBC on May 26 at 11 a.m. ET.