DRR Adds Hildebrand for ‘500’

J.R. Hildebrand on pit lane at Indianapolis
J.R. Hildebrand will drive the No. 66 Chevrolet for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing at the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. | Photo: Joe Skibinski / INDYCAR

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will field more than one car in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time since 2011 with the addition of J.R. Hildebrand to the team, joining Sage Karam in a two-car assault on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Hildebrand’s No. 66 Chevrolet will race with primary sponsorship from Salesforce, an American cloud services company based in San Francisco near his hometown of Sausalito, California. Indianapolis marks the company’s second-largest base of operations.

“It’s been a lot of fun so far,” said Hildebrand about the relationship with Salesforce. “I’m excited about the activation, everything they have planned for the month. We’ll have a lot of fun with it.”

Although the sponsor is new, the deal brings Hildebrand back to the team he began his Verizon IndyCar Series career with. In 2010, Hildebrand raced at both the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Sonoma Raceway for Dreyer & Reinbold with finishes of 16th and 24th, respectively.

In eight years of competition, Hildebrand has amassed 56 starts, three podiums and 17 top-10 finishes. The 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 will mark the driver’s eighth attempt at the famed 2.5-mile oval. His best result was in 2011 when he finished second behind Dan Wheldon.

Because of his full-time status in 2017, Hildebrand is not currently slated to have an opportunity to test the universal aero kit at Indianapolis prior to the start of practice on May 15. 

Hildebrand will make his Indy 500 qualification attempts on May 19 and 20 ahead of the race itself, set to go green on May 27.

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