News: Hildebrand Cleared

JR Hildebrand has been cleared to drive by the IndyCar Series following a crash in the first and only practice session for the Iowa Indy Corn 300.

The Ed Carpenter Racing driver spun in the middle of turns one and two on the 7/8s mile oval, backing the car square into the wall. Hildebrand did exit the car on his own power, but was in the infield care center and the IndyCar Medical Hauler for an elongated period of time.

After Hildebrand exited the care center, the official word was given from IndyCar Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows that Hildebrand has been cleared to qualify later today and race on Sunday. The delay likely came from Hildebrand's complaint of knee pains as well as standard concussion protocol tests.


The crash was one we've seen at Iowa before, but the strangest part of the crash was the steering wheel flying out of the cockpit and bouncing dozens of yards from the crash.

In April, Hildebrand broke his hand in a late race crash with Mikhail Aleshin at Long Beach. JR only missed one race at Barber, where he was replaced by Zach Veach. Both hands were off of the steering wheel at the point of impact with the wall.

Hildebrand finished the afternoon 17th in the practice session with a top speed of 181.837mph. The IndyCar qualify later this afternoon. With no obvious damage other than the rear wing assembly, there's no reason to believe Hildebrand's car won't be ready in time for a run at the pole.

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-Matthew Hickey