Hildebrand To Make Indycar Debut

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced today that American driver, JR Hildebrand, will join the team in Mid-Ohio and Sonoma. Hildebrand will replace the injured Mike Conway for the two events and will drive the team’s No. 24 Roll Coater entry for Mid-Ohio and the No. 24 TranSystems machine in Sonoma.

“We are extremely excited about putting JR in our car at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma. He adds another dimension to our program and we are happy to have him on board for those events. We will be testing him at Sonoma next month and we are excited to get him acclimated to the car. JR was a very talented Indy Lights driver, having won the championship, and we are converting him over to an IZOD IndyCar and we are excited to be the team that he makes his IZOD IndyCar Series debut with,” commented Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Co-Owner, Dennis Reinbold.

Hildebrand will make his debut IZOD IndyCar appearance at Mid-Ohio on August 8th and then at his home race in Sonoma on August 22nd. The Sausalito, CA native will step up to the IZOD IndyCar Series after competing in the Firestone Indy Lights category for the last two seasons. Some of his accomplishments include winning the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights Championship, the Formula Ford 2000 Championship, winning the SCCA Formula Russell Championship and the Jim Russell Sprint Car Series Championship to name a few. Last season he recorded four wins, eleven top-five finishes, twelve top-ten finishes, and five poles in Firestone Indy Lights, taking home the series title. He also participated in a 3-day test with the Force India F1 Team. In, 2008 he finished fifth in Firestone Lights standings and won his first career race at Kansas, also recording 8 top-five and 12 top-ten finishes. For 2007, Hildebrand made his Firestone Indy Lights debut at the Infineon double-header with RLR/Anderson Racing. In 2006, he won the Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 championship for Cape Motorsports, recording a record-setting 12 victories in 14 races.

“First off, I’m really excited to join Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for my first races in the IZOD IndyCar Series at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma. It's under unfortunate circumstances because of Mike and I wish him well, but it will be great to be racing with DRR. They've shown great pace all season and I’m going to try to push myself toward being at the front. I'm also looking forward to being teammates with Justin Wilson, I think it will be a great opportunity all around,” stated Hildebrand.

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing eagerly anticipates the return of driver Mike Conway to the stable. Mike continues his rehabilitation and has made a return at the Infineon event his goal. Should Mike be cleared by IRL Medical Staff for Infineon, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will be a three-car effort with Justin Wilson, JR Hildebrand and Mike Conway.

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