JR Hildebrand signs autographs in St. Pete

National Guard Panther Racing driver JR Hildebrand will participate in Formula Drift series events in Seattle (July 19-20) and Los Angeles (Oct. 11-12) for Tyler McQuarrie Racing.

“Since as early as 2004 I've thought drifting was an awesome and unique area of motorsport, so I'm very excited to finally get involved myself,” Hildebrand said.

McQuarrie and Hildebrand developed a friendship through their mutual association with personal sponsor GoPro. Some of McQuarrie and Hildebrand’s drifting exploits together were captured last year. CLICK TO VIEW

City to be associate sponsor for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing car

The City of New Castle (Ind.) will be an associate sponsor of the No. 21 Century 21 car for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in the Indianapolis 500. The city raised funds for its sponsorship of SFHR through private investors.

“This will allow us to promote New Castle on the largest advertising stage in the world,” Mayor Greg York said. “Our community looks at the big picture. We want to compete with worldwide companies,  which is why we wanted to be involved with Sarah Fisher and the Indianapolis 500.”

Michael Andretti Foundation has special Carb Day event

The Michael Andretti Foundation will host a special Indianapolis 500 Carb Day program on May 24 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which includes a meet and greet with Andretti Autosport drivers, a garage tour, a suite ticket and breakfast.

Proceeds will benefit the yearlong projects of The Michael Andretti. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS, TICKETS

Racing For Kids gets fund-raising boost

Racing For Kids, the official charity of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race since 1991, also will be the beneficiary of a separate fundraiser by celebrity driver Carter Lay.

The Carter Lay Charitable Fund, a non-profit charitable fund founded by a member of the potato chip family, has established a website for donations. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Of note

The National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board has added Andretti Autosport Firestone Indy Lights driver Zach Veach to Team REFUEL -- athletes who make up Got Chocolate Milk's campaign to build healthier bodies while not sacrificing taste.  … Did you know that Dragon Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais has won three consecutive races on the streets of Long Beach?