JR Hildebrand will reunite with Ed Carpenter and Preferred Freezer Services once again for this year’s Indianapolis 500.
The difference is, the American will be in the No. 6 CFH Racing Chevrolet this year, and it will be a month of May double shot. He’ll also race in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
Last year it was the No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing entry, but ECR has now merged with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing to form CFH, and the team’s third car, Josef Newgarden, will switch from No. 67 to No. 21 for the month of May.
It creates an all-American three-car lineup for the 500, with Carpenter in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet and Newgarden in the No. 21 Century 21 Chevrolet. Italian Luca Filippi will of course be in the No. 20 car for the GPI earlier in the month.
“We are definitely looking forward to having Preferred Freezer Services back on the car,” Hildebrand said in a release. “We had a lot of fun with them in 2014 and we be rolling the polar bear back out into the garage area this year! Even though we were a one-off entry last year, we were very fast and had a really easy month. Preferred Freezer Services was a big part of that, they are a great group to work with and it’s going to make this year that much more exciting.”
Hildebrand tested with CFH in the offseason alongside Newgarden at Barber Motorsports Park.
“It was really great working with Ed last year at the 500 and I did a little bit of testing in the offseason with Josef, we got along really well,” Hildebrand said. “I expect the relationship that the three of us have to be potent and for us to have great communication. That’s such a huge piece, particularly at the 500, where there is so much practice, qualifying is so intense and we’ll have the new aero kits. You need every last ounce of speed you can get out of the cars for both qualifying and race day and we can all work together to reach that goal.”
Added Carpenter, “JR is a driver that we want to work with and it’s great to be able to team up with both JR and Preferred Freezer Services again for the Indy 500 and now the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.”