J. R. Hildebrand

John R. Hildebrand, Jr. ( born January 3, 1988 in Sausalito, California) is an American race car driver. His nickname is Captain America. In 2009, he won the championship title of the Indy Lights. Hildebrand drove from 2010 to 2013 in the IndyCar Series.


With 14 years of Hildebrand began his motorsport career in karting. In 2004 he made ​​his first experiences in Formula racing in Formula Russell and immediately won the championship. 2005 Hildebrand went in the Pacific F2000 at the start and was runner-up in this series. He also took part in the fall championship of Formula Palmer Audi and finished third in this series. In 2006, Hildebrand in the U.S. F2000 National Championship. He dominated the season and won with twelve victories in 14 races the championship.

2007 Hildebrand went for wax Newman Racing in the Atlantic Championship, in which he had already run one race in 2006, at the start. With a second place as best result he finished at the end of the season in seventh place overall. He also made ​​his debut in the Indy Pro Series. In 2008 his main focus was on the now renamed the Indy Lights series. For starting RLR Andersen Racing, he finished with a win fifth overall. In addition, he took part in a race in the Atlantic Championship. After Hildebrand was started on a race weekend of the A1GP 2008/2009 season, he played in 2009 his second full season in the Indy Lights. Together with Sebastian Saavedra, he started for Andretti Green Racing - AFS. With four wins and six additional podium finishes Hildebrand won the league title before James Davison and his teammate Saavedra. At the end of the year he graduated early December Formula 1 test driving for Force India.

2010 took Hildebrand despite his championship title at first no cockpit in Formula racing and he went to two races in the American Le Mans Series. He scored two podium finishes in the LMPC class. After Mike Conway, IndyCar regular driver was injured in Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, in an accident, Hildebrand Conway represented for two races of the 2010 season. At the end of the season, he finished in 35th place overall.

2011 Hildebrand was taken from Panther Racing under contract and completed the full season in the IndyCar Series. At the Indianapolis 500, he had taken over by extremely conservative driving style shortly before the end of the guide after the other drivers had to refuel. However, in the last turn, he lost control of his car and slammed into the wall. He was overtaken at this sliding along 275 meters before the finish line of Dan Wheldon and came in second place to the finish. At the last race of the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Hildebrand was involved in a mass accident in which excreting 15 of 34 vehicles and in which Wheldon was killed. Hildebrand suffered a bruise while the sternum. At the end of the season, he finished 14th in the driver standings. In the rookie standings, he was beaten by 296 to 302 points James Hinchcliffe. After the season Hildebrand underwent knee surgery in which a cruciate ligament injury was treated. He had this injury sustained in activities outside of the race car shortly after the Indianapolis 500 and denied the remainder of the season with an injured knee.

2012 Hildebrand joined Panther Racing Team with Chevrolet engines. With two fifth places as the best results he was Gesamtelfter. Hildebrand in 2013, first in Panther under contract. At the race in Long Beach, he finished fifth. After he had retired at the Indianapolis 500 already in the fourth round with an accident, he was fired from his team. For GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, he returned for Bryan Herta Autosport back in the IndyCar Series. The commitment included two races. In the drivers' standings Hildebrand finished 25th overall.


Career stations

  • 2002-2003: Karting
  • 2004: Formula Russell (Master)
  • 2005: Pacific F2000 (2nd place)
  • 2005: Formula Palmer Audi Autumn series ( 3rd place)
  • 2006: U.S. F2000 National Championship ( Champion)
  • 2006: Atlantic Championship ( place 42)
  • 2007: Atlantic Championship ( 7th place)
  • 2007: Indy Pro Series ( No. 37 )
  • 2008: Indy Lights ( 5th place)
  • 2008: Atlantic Championship ( 26th place )
  • 2009: A1GP
  • 2009: Indy Lights (Master)
  • 2010: IndyCar Series ( No. 35 )
  • 2010: ALMS LMPC ( 17th)
  • 2011: IndyCar Series (No. 14)
  • 2012: IndyCar Series (No. 11)
  • 2013: IndyCar Series (No. 25)

Individual results in the IndyCar Series

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