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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.

Simon Pagenaud’s engineer relives 2019 Indy 500 victory on Twitter

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The Team Penske engineer for last year’s Indianapolis 500 winner is reliving Simon Pagenaud’s day by tweeting about what he was doing each moment a year later.

Starting with an observation that he awoke in his Indianapolis hotel room at 4:30 a.m., Ben Bretzman (@benbretzman) sent nearly two dozen tweets by 11 a.m. ET about how the morning before the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 unfolded.

Bretzman was through the infield tunnel and in Gasoline Alley by 6 a.m. By 7:30 a.m., he was wondering if his driver was awake yet, but he had heard for the first time from Pagenaud 45 minutes later.

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Among other highlights: The team’s last strategy meeting was at 8:30 a.m.; final check of the weather was at 9:30 a.m. and Bretzman gave the No. 22 Dallara-Chevrolet a once-over at 10:35 a.m. before it was pushed to the grid.

Follow @BenBretzman to watch the day unfold from the pit box and tune into “Back Home Again at 2 p.m. ET on NBC as Pageanud and Alexander Rossi, who are good friends off the track, recap their epic duel with host Mike Tirico.

Simon Pagenaud and engineer Ben Bretzman debrief at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IndyCar photo by Joe Skibinski).