Panther Looks Forward to IndyCar’s Return to the Milwaukee Mile
National Guard Panther Driver JR Hildebrand Tested on One-Mile Course Week after Indy 500
After a year layoff the IZOD IndyCar Series will be returning to the historic Milwaukee Mile this weekend for the Milwaukee 225, where National Guard Panther Racing rookie JR Hildebrand is slated to make his first career IndyCar start on the one-mile flat oval. The IndyCar Series last raced at Milwaukee in 2009 and after a one-year hiatus will be making its return to one of open-wheel racing’s most popular and challenging racetracks.
Hildebrand finished second at Milwaukee in 2009 and fifth in 2009 while driving in Firestone Indy Lights and tested the No. 4 National Guard IndyCar there two weeks ago immediately following the Indianapolis 500. Panther has made a total of nine starts at Milwaukee with a best finish of third by Tomas Scheckter in 2005 and a best start of third by Scheckter the same year. The team finished tenth with former driver Dan Wheldon during its last visit here in 2009.
Hildebrand is the current leader in the IZOD IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year standings and ranks ninth in the series overall points championship.
The Milwaukee 225 will be broadcast live on ABC starting at 3:30 pm (ET) with additional coverage provided by the IMS RadioNetwork, XM channel 94 and Sirius channel 212.
JR Hildebrand, No. 4 National Guard Dallara Honda:
"Milwaukee’s a cool place and I’m excited to get up there and race this weekend. It had been a few years since I’d raced there in anything until we tested there a few weeks ago. The test went really well and it was nice at the time to get back into the car. We got up to speed right away and I was able to pick up a lot of stuff the more we ran there. I said this after the test, but spending two days in Phoenix back inDecember prepared me for running at Milwaukee even though the tracks are very different.”
-source: panther racing