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 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.
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.