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J.R. Hildebrand to Run Indy 500 with A.J. Foyt Enterprises – The Checkered Flag

A.J. Foyt Enterprises has introduced a fourth automobile that may race within the 2021 Indianapolis 500, with NTT IndyCar Sequence veteran J.R. Hildebrand behind the wheel.

The No. 1 machine can be sponsored by ABC Provide Firm, and have an iconic livery celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of crew boss A.J. Foyt’s 1961 Indianapolis 500 victory, his first of 4 wins as a driver within the occasion. The number one at the moment belongs to Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi Racing because the reigning collection champion, however as a courtesy gesture Ganassi gave the quantity to the Foyt crew for the occasion.

Hildebrand and the crew may also be carrying uniforms like that of Foyt and his crew in 1961.

“This livery is greater than only a throwback for us,” Staff President Larry Foyt stated.

“It’s particular to our crew and household, and its imagery is one thing I’ve grown up seeing my complete life. It’s fantastic that our longtime buddies and companion ABC Provide would be the main sponsor on this tribute to one in every of my Dad’s nice accomplishments.”

The automobile will function a sweet apple crimson nostril outlined in black, and a big number one on the rear of the engine cowl, very like Foyt’s 1961 race-winnning automobile. (Photograph Credit score: A.J. Foyt Enterprises)

Hildebrand has certified for the final ten Indianapolis 500s, spending the final three with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. He has 4 high ten qualifying efforts in addition to 4 high ten finishes within the occasion. The thirty-three yr outdated California native expressed how keen he’s to start working with the legendary Foyt crew.

“That is undoubtedly a drive to be enthusiastic about, and for a number of causes,” he stated.

“Getting the prospect to drive for A.J. and Larry is one thing I’m trying ahead to it doesn’t matter what, however with ABC honoring the sixtieth anniversary of A.J.’s first 500 win that makes it additional particular.”

“I’ll be again in a Chevy which I’ve spent virtually my whole IndyCar profession driving, achieve the advantage of three teammates, and get the prospect to reunite, in a method, with an engineer I’ve had success with earlier than in Justin Taylor, who’s race-engineering Seb [Sebastien Bourdais] this yr.”

“Everyone knows that the five hundred is barely getting extra aggressive so we’ll all should carry our greatest to the desk, however that, to me, is what makes this race so worthwhile within the first place. I can’t wait to get rolling.”

Foyt himself said how a lot he’s trying ahead to seeing this iconic automobile on observe.

“At my age, I don’t get too excited anymore however I’m thrilled to see this automobile painted like my ’61 automobile,” he stated.

“That win was so particular as a result of it was my dream simply to be adequate to make the race. To win it three years later nicely I used to be thrilled to dying about it. They had been all candy victories however to win that first one after the place I got here from, it was unbelievable.”

Foyt additionally expressed how pleased he’s to be partnering with ABC Provide once more.

“Having ABC Provide sponsor this automobile is improbable,” he stated.

“They had been terrible good to us as our major sponsor for 15 years they usually got here again for the five hundred final yr when issues had been fairly powerful. Properly, that simply reveals what sort of firm they’re. We’ve been nice buddies and we’ll stay that method.”

Hildebrand can be becoming a member of full time drivers Bourdais and Dalton Kellett, in addition to fellow Indy 500-only entry Charlie Kimball within the Foyt camp for the five hundred. The a hundred and fifth working of the long-lasting occasion will happen on 30 Could, with follow for the occasion starting on Could 18th.