Panther’s JR Hildebrand qualifies 24th at Barber Motorsports Park

National Guard Panther Racing Team set to make a climb through IndyCar field tomorrow.

LEEDS, Alabama – National Guard Panther Racing driver JR Hildebrand will start tomorrow’s Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in the 24th position after IndyCar Series qualifications on Saturday.

J.R. Hildebrand, Panther Racing Chevrolet
J.R. Hildebrand, Panther Racing Chevrolet

Photo by: Mike Geng

Hildebrand posted a top lap of 120.058 mph, 1:07.8367, which was not quick enough to advance to the second round of qualifications. In his career at Barber, the 25-year-old has finished 11th (2011) and 15th (2012) on the 17-turn, 2.38-mile permanent road course.

Sunday will mark Panther’s fourth start on the 17-turn, 2.38-mile track at Barber Motorsports Park and its third with Hildebrand. Panther has completed 270 of a possible 270 laps at Barber the past three years with Hildebrand and Dan Wheldon.

Hildebrand’s fifth-placequalification effort last year was Panther’s best non-oval start since 2005 and the first time Hildebrand advanced to the Firestone Fast Six in qualifications.

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Tags barber, fast six, hildebrand, indycar