INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – JR Hildebrand has a new team համար old-fashioned look for the Indianapolis 500 this year.
On Thursday, AJ Foyt Racing announced that it had hired the state of California to drive the No. 1 ABC Supply Chevrolet as the team’s fourth driver in IndyCar’s biggest race. And the red nose of a candy apple, cut with white stripes and black lines, can seem terribly familiar to longtime race enthusiasts.
It’s the same painting scheme that Voight said was the first of his record-breaking four 500 wins in 1961.
“At my age, I’m not excited anymore, but I’m excited to see this car painted like my 61st,” the 86 – year – old owner of the team said in a statement. “That victory was so special because my dream was just to be good at racing. Three years later, to win it, well, I admired it. “They were all sweet victories, but it was unbelievable to win that first one after I came.”
No. 1 actually belongs to the champion of the defending series, Scott Dixon from New Zealand, who drives a car for Chip Ganassi Racing.
But the owner of the team lends the number to Foyt this May, allowing him to throw the car back.
Hildebrand’s crew will also celebrate the victory by wearing the uniform of the 1961 crew, led by George’s Bignotti, who helped a record seven cars reach the finish line.
It’s also a big deal for 33-year-old Hildebrand.
“The fact that I will run to celebrate the first victory of AJ 60 years ago is just an incredible thing that must be a part of it,” he said. “During the last few years I have tried to bring a little history to at least a part of my 500 performances. On the 18th we launched 66 cars based on the car that my Clark launched with its single NASCAR, on the 19th we launched the Dan Garney 48, and last year 67 of our cars designed it numbers that were on the turbocharged cars of Joe Leonard և Graham Hill’s 1968, but that definitely takes it to a whole new level. ”
He will try to make his 11th consecutive start with four-time champion Sebastian Burda, Dalton Cellet and Charlie Kimball, his new teammates. For the past three years, Hildebrand has competed in Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.
He had his best finish as a rookie in 2011, when he lost the lead after hitting the final lap of the race. His damaged car slipped in second place from the brick yard behind the late Dan Uldon.
Hildebrand placed in the top 10 in 2014, 2015 և 2016, but has not been higher than 11th since then. He finished sixth with Ed Carpenter Racing in 2017, finishing 16th last year after 32nd for a starting lineup of 33 cars.
“Signing a quality driver like JR could add another valuable source of feedback to our team, which is especially important given the Indy 500 talented entry list this year,” said Mike ost ost, CEO.
The ticket for the race on May 30 is May 22-23.
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