J. R. Hildebrand

J. R. Hildebrand

About J. R. Hildebrand

John R. Hildebrand Jr. (born January 3, 1988) is an American race car driver. He currently competes in the Izod IndyCar Series; driving the #4 National Guard car for Panther Racing. Hildebrand's nickname is Captain America. Hildebrand was within one turn of winning the 2011 Indianapolis 500 when he hit the outside wall on Turn 4, and was passed in the final 200 yards by Dan Wheldon, finishing second. Hildebrand would be injured just months later in the crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that killed Wheldon. At the age of 14, Hildebrand started racing go karts in the Jim Russell Arrive and Drive Championship at Infineon Raceway in Northern California; winning not only his first race but the championship that year. In 2003, he raced in the Jr. 80cc Shifter class finishing a close second, and at the end of that year made the transition from karts to cars by winning the Jim Russell Graduate Runoffs; racing in Formula Russell in 2004.

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