JR Hildebrand
JR  Hildebrand
Ed Carpenter Racing
JR Hildebrand
rank
13
Career stats
Verizon IndyCar Series
Championship
Indy 500 Wins
Total Poles
Race Wins
Birthday
Jan 3, 1988
21 Chevrolet USA Road To Indy Graduate
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Hometown
Sausalito, CA
Residence
Boulder, CO

IN HIS OWN WORDS:

(About returning as a full-time driver in 2017): "It's definitely a different level of commitment but something that I've been used to before, and … being up to speed basically on kind of what the team has done, how they do things, personnel, all that kind of stuff; you know, it feels like a pretty easy transition to be making."

ON TRACK

  • 2017 will be his eighth season competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series, but only his third as a full-time driver. Has raced part time for Ed Carpenter Racing the last three seasons.
  • Was 2011 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, following a dramatic runner-up finished in the 100th Anniversary of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
  • Was 2009 Indy Lights champion, topping drivers including fellow Verizon IndyCar Series drivers James Hinchcliffe and Charlie Kimball.

OFF TRACK

  • Loves classic cars and car culture; owns a 1960 pink Cadillac Coupe de Ville that he named Rosie.
  • Married longtime girlfriend Kristin Paine in the 2016 offseason.
  • Played varsity baseball in high school, and is a die-hard fan of the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors.
  • Enjoys running, boxing, mountain biking, playing most sports, drifting and having fun.
  • Was a National Merit Scholar at Redwood High School in Larkspur, Calif., and was accepted into an engineering program at MIT before deciding to pursue racing.
  • Involved in various educational projects, including serving as an adjunct lecturer’s at Stanford University’s vehicular dynamics program.
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CAREER STATS
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
2016 Verizon IndyCar Series 2 0 0 0 1 4 2
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series 2 0 0 0 1 0 2
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
2013 Verizon IndyCar Series 7 0 0 1 1 4 4
2012 Verizon IndyCar Series 15 0 0 2 6 60 12
2011 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 0 0 2 5 12 14
2010 Verizon IndyCar Series 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
Total 47 0 0 5 15 80 37
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2009 Indy Lights 15 4 6 11 12 241 13
2008 Indy Lights 16 1 0 8 12 47 14
2007 Indy Lights 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points

RAF = Running at Finish


Ed Carpenter Racing

Ed Carpenter Racing is owned and operated by Ed Carpenter, who also is the driver of the No. 20 car as he was for Vision Racing from 2005-09.

Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka, founded by pro golfer Fuzzy Zoeller, is the primary sponsor.

Carpenter made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut at Chicagoland Speedway in 2003 and earned his first victory in 2011 at Kentucky Speedway. Carpenter resides in Indianapolis with his wife, Heather, and their two children.

Team Website edcarpenterracing.com
First Start
August 8, 2010 (Mid-Ohio)

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2016
    • Competed in both Indianapolis events for Ed Carpenter Racing, finishing sixth in the Indianapolis 500, his third straight top-10 finish in the event.
  • 2015
    • Competed in both Indianapolis events for CFH Racing, finishing eighth in the Indianapolis 500
  • 2014
    • Competed in an impressive Indianapolis 500 for Ed Carpenter Racing, qualifying ninth and finishing 10th in only race of Verizon IndyCar Series season.
  • 2013
    • Competed in seven events for Panther Racing and Barracuda Racing with best finish of fifth at Long Beach.
    • Led six laps at Sao Paulo.
  • 2012
    • Finished 11th in Verizon IndyCar Series point standings for Panther Racing with best finish of fifth at Long Beach and Texas.
    • Recorded six top-10 finishes.
    • Led three races, including a career-best 56 laps at Auto Club Speedway.
  • 2011
    • Finished 14th in standings for Panther Racing.
    • Finished Runner-up in Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.
    • Finished second in 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500, crashing while leading coming out of Turn 4 on final lap.
    • Voted Chase Rookie of the Year for 2011 Indianapolis 500.
  • 2010
    • Made Verizon IndyCar Series debut at Mid-Ohio for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, finishing 16th.
    • Competed in race at Sonoma, finishing 24th.
    • Conducted driver evaluation test in December with Panther Racing at Phoenix and was announced as full-time driver the following week.

JR's Road To Indy

  • 2013
    • Competed in two Formula D events with Tyler McQuarrie Racing.
  • 2010
    • Competed in the American Le Mans Series’ LMPC Class for Genoa Racing at Sebring 12 Hours and Long Beach.
  • 2009
    • Won Indy Lights championship for ARPRO/Andretti Green Racing/AFS Racing with four wins (Long Beach, Watkins Glen, Edmonton, Sonoma) and five pole positions.
    • Won 11 top-five and 12 top-10 finishes.
    • Named to American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association All-America first team in at-large category.
    • Tested for Force India Formula One team at Jerez.
  • 2008
    • Finished fifth in Indy Lights standings for RLR/ Andersen Racing, with first series win at Kansas.
    • Won eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes.
  • 2007
    • Made Indy Lights debut at Sonoma doubleheader with RLR/Andersen Racing.
    • Finished seventh in Atlantic competition for Newman Wachs Racing, recording a best finish of second at Cleveland.
  • 2006
    • Won Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 championship, with record-setting 12 victories in 14 races.
    • Made Champ Car Atlantic debut.
    • Named to American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association All-America first team in at-large category.
  • 2005
    • Finished second in Pacific F2000 championship with two wins and nine podiums in 12 races.
    • Competed in four Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 events.
    • Finished third in Formula Palmer Audi Autumn Cup after earning Team USA Scholarship.
  • 2004
    • Won SCCA Formula Russell Championship, recording seven victories and 11 podiums.
    • Named SCCA Formula Russell Rookie of the Year.
  • 2003
    • Won Jim Russell graduate runoffs in 2003 after finishing second in Jim Russell Championship Series Junior 80 shifter kart division.
    • Captured 2002 Jim Russell Sprint Kart Series championship in TaG 125 class, recording four victories.