• Indy 500 runner-up Hildebrand resigned to Panther Racing for two more years

    November 17, 2011 No comments

    Indianapolis 500 runner-up JR Hildebrand will be driving for Panther Racing the next two seasons.

    The team said on Wednesday it exercised an option that will keep the American driving for them in 2012 and 2013.

    Hildebrand was this year’s IndyCar rookie of the year and led the Indy 500 until crashing on the last turn of the last lap. His car skidded down the front straight, crossing the finish line second behind the late Dan Wheldon.

    It was a strange season for Hildebrand, who tore the ACL in his left knee in June, broke a bone in his hand in September and sustained a concussion and bruised sternum in the Las Vegas crash that killed Wheldon.

    Hildebrand still led three races and had five top-10 finishes.

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