NA-F2000: Hildebrand wins Gorsline AARWBA award

J.R. Hildebrand Receives Prestigious Gorsline Scholarship INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 13, 2007) -- J.R. Hildebrand, of Sausalito, California, received the 2007 Gorsline Scholarship, a prestigious award given to a young up-and-coming driver each...

J.R. Hildebrand Receives Prestigious Gorsline Scholarship

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 13, 2007) -- J.R. Hildebrand, of Sausalito, California, received the 2007 Gorsline Scholarship, a prestigious award given to a young up-and-coming driver each year who displays the attributes of a future champion. It is the fourteenth year that John Gorsline of The Gorsline Company has sponsored this award to recognize and help aspiring drivers to develop both on and off the track and attain their professional goals. Hildebrand received his award at the Awards Banquet of the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association held in Indianapolis. The presentation was made by Dan Partel, founder of the European Formula Drivers Association and longtime supporter of up and coming young drivers. Hildebrand also received his "Horsepower Award" for being named to AARWBA's 2006 Auto Racing All America Team.

In earning the Gorsline Scholarship, Hildebrand will be working with Dr. Jacques Dallaire, Cofounder of the Human Performance Institute, with an individually designed Performance Enhancement Program. Dallaire, Director of Performance Prime, has personally worked with more than 600 drivers in 35 countries from all forms of motorsports. Hildebrand will also receive driver coaching from Ross Bentley of Speed Secrets.

This year, Hildebrand was crowned the 2006 Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Champion racing for Cape Motorsports. He won an unprecedented 12 of 14 races, setting records for most wins in a season with 12, most consecutive wins in a season with seven, most poles with 11, as well as most laps led. Hildebrand also made an impressive Champ Car Atlantic Series debut in the final round at Road America with Newman Wachs Racing, and has signed on with NWR to compete in the full season in 2007. In his spare time, Hildebrand drove a 1975 Penske PC-3 to victory in the Historic Grand Prix Formula One race at Infineon Raceway-his first time in the car; and raced in a 24-hour Karting Endurance Race, leading the race and turning the fastest race lap.

Hildebrand came from a different sort of racing background. His father races vintage Trans Am cars, so J.R. grew up with great names like Mark Donohue, Dan Gurney, Mario Andretti, and A.J. Foyt as his heroes. Young Hildebrand saw them as drivers who would drive anything and everything because of their passion for the sport, and he developed the same mindset. He started karting at 15, later than most, and raced locally in California for two years honing his skills.

Hildebrand won the 2004 Jim Russell Graduate Runoffs. He capitalized on his performance the following year by winning the Formula Russell Championship, joining Scott Speed as the only drivers to win both the Runoffs and the Championship. In 2005, Hildebrand finished second in the Pacific F2000 Series racing for PR1 Motorsports. He received the distinguished Team USA Scholarship later that year, finishing third overall in the Formula Palmer Audi Autumn Cup in the UK.

Hildebrand finished high school last year, and has been admitted with a two year deferral to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He intends to build on his current knowledge even further to better himself for the future.

While keeping his focus on open wheel racing, Hildebrand's ultimate goal is to emulate the legendary drivers of the sixties and seventies, and become the next great all-around American race car driver.

The Gorsline Company, headquartered in Rochester, New York, pioneered the business of providing insurance for high risk professionals. The companies specialize in racing drivers and owners, providing custom-designed insurance packages and full financial planning services.

The Gorsline Scholarship is presented annually. Previous winners are:
2006 Katherine Legge
2005 Colin Braun
2004 Ryan Lewis
2003 Rocky Moran, Jr.
2002 Danica Patrick
2001 Patrick Long
2000 Bryan Sellers
1999 David Besnard
1998 Buddy Rice
1997 Butch Leitzinger
1996 Jerry Nadeau
1995 Anthony Lazzaro
1994 Bryan Herta

-credit: PressSnoop/gorsline company

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Series Atlantic , Other open wheel
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Jerry Nadeau , Bryan Herta , Colin Braun , Anthony Lazzaro , Dan Gurney , Mario Andretti , David Besnard , Scott Speed , Katherine Legge , Patrick Long , Buddy Rice , Ross Bentley , Bryan Sellers , Ryan Lewis , Rocky Moran , J.R. Hildebrand , A.J. Foyt , Danica Patrick