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Hildebrand set to sub for Newgarden during absence

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Perhaps as expected, JR Hildebrand will fill Josef Newgarden’s role in the Ed Carpenter Racing team’s No. 21 Chevrolet for whatever length of time Newgarden is out of action in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

On Sunday night, Newgarden was diagnosed with a fractured right clavicle and a small fracture to his right hand after his accident with Conor Daly Sunday in Texas. There’s been no timeline on how long Newgarden, who sits fourth in points, would be out.

Hildebrand’s team owner and Indianapolis 500 teammate Carpenter confirmed Hildebrand to Motorsport.com on Monday; Hildebrand later adding to it in a couple tweets.

Later this afternoon and after a couple other media reports confirming the news – this one included – ECR confirmed the news itself.

Hildebrand’s lone road course races the last three years have come at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis but he’s been Carpenter’s go-to additional car for the Indianapolis 500 each of the last three.

And Hildebrand does have some Road America track experience as he prepares to test there this week. He raced twice there in Formula Atlantic in 2006 and 2007, and also won there in USF2000 in 2006.

NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.