Will Power returns to IMS Wednesday for the first time since winning the Indy 500 in late May. Photo: Getty Images

IndyCar: It may be mid-October, but they’ll be running Wednesday at Indy

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The IndyCar Series season ended a month ago, but things are already in a preparation mode for the 2019 season, and in particular, the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.

Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, several drivers will take part in a private, closed Firestone tire test.

The test will run from 9 am to 5 pm ET. Neither fans nor media are allowed to attend.

Among drivers scheduled to take part in the test:

  • 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)
  • 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power (Team Penske)
  • Tony Kanaan (A.J. Foyt Racing)
  • Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing)
  • Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport)
  • Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)

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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.