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Frijns ‘honored’ to receive IndyCar test with Andretti

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Robin Frijns is relishing the opportunity to get behind an Indy car for the first time when he tests for Andretti Autosport at Mid-Ohio later this month.

Team boss Michael Andretti told NBC Sports back in February that Frijns was in line for an IndyCar try-out at some point after impressing for the Andretti Formula E operation.

Following the conclusion of the Formula E season at the beginning of the month, Andretti Autosport confirmed last week that Frijns would be testing an Indy car at Mid-Ohio as part of a rookie test day on July 21.

“I am really honored to get the opportunity from Andretti to test on of their Indy cars at Mid-Ohio,” Frijns said in a release on Thursday.

“I have been working with the Andretti Formula E Team for a year now in the MS Amlin Andretti car, and it has been a great year for us.

“I am really looking forward to working with one of the biggest teams of the Verizon IndyCar Series and excited for this new challenge.”

“We have found Robin to be very impressive in his career so far, both in Andretti Formula E and his other areas of racing,” Andretti added.

“One of the perks of the team competing across various racing platforms is the ability to expose our drivers to different racing disciplines.

“Having versatile drivers gives us a security of depth in our driver line up and makes us more competitive on all fronts.”

Frijns’ trip to Mid-Ohio for the test will in fact be just his second visit to the United States, his first coming for the Long Beach Formula E race in April.

Hildebrand enters Indy 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

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INDIANAPOLIS — J.R. Hildebrand will race in the Indianapolis 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in a second entry dedicated to the late Dan Gurney.

Hildebrand will pilot the No. 48 as a nod to the number used by Gurney, a racer, car builder and team owner who died in 2018. Hildebrand will be teammates with Sage Karam and his car will be sponsored by Salesforce.com.

Hildebrand has eight previous Indy 500 starts and was leading on the final lap as a rookie in 2011 when he crashed in the final turn. Dan Wheldon slipped past for the victory and Hildebrand finished second.

Hildebrand also drove for DRR last season.

DRR is also fielding the #24 Chevrolet in this year’s Indy 500 for Sage Karam.