JR Hildebrand, who made his first IndyCar start with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in 2010, has been confirmed as the team’s second Chevy-powered Indy 500 entry. He is set to be officially introduced later this morning.
The 30-year-old Bay Area native joins teammate Sage Karam as DRR returns to a multi-car entry after fielding a single car for the past six years.
Hildebrand brings the Indy 500 entry count to 35. As RACER has reported, James Davison and David Byrd, whose family has a long history of entering and supporting IndyCar entries, are set to join forces in a third A.J. Foyt entry.
“It’s official! Joining back up with @DRRIndyCar for this year’s 102nd Running of the Indy 500,” Hildebrand said on Twitter. “So amped to be back with this squad and excited for another great Month of May.
“Got my first call-up to the big leagues from Dennis, got a bunch of great guys that I’ve worked with before, and their whip’s been pretty damn fast with SK behind the wheel last few years. Ready to get after it!”
This would mark the eighth straight 500 appearance for Hildebrand. While he’s best known for his near-miss in the 2011 race, he’s amassed three top-10 finishes, with an eighth place in 2015 and sixth in 2016 for Ed Carpenter Racing.
Salesforce, an American cloud computing company based in San Francisco, will be the primary sponsor of the No. 66 Chevy.