IndyCar teams begin off-season testing, including at Circuit of the Americas

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The 2019 IndyCar Series doesn’t begin until March 10, but preparations are already underway for several teams that are taking part in off-season testing.

Monday, Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi and AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan took to Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, to get a feel for the place, which will be on the IndyCar schedule for the first time ever on March 24, 2019.

A full all-team IndyCar test is slated for COTA in February 12-13.

Here’s some video from Monday’s test at COTA, including interviews with Rossi and Kanaan, courtesy of IndyCar.

Also on Monday, Chip Ganassi Racing tested at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

Other teams are also expected to begin off-season testing in the coming weeks.

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.