JR Hildebrand ran Indy Mini Marathon

RLR/Andersen's Hildebrand Makes Short Work of Mini Marathon INDIANAPOLIS, May 3 - Whether it's on four Firestone Firehawks or his own two feet, so far RLR/Andersen Racing's J.R. Hildebrand is mighty fast at the Indianapolis Motor ...

RLR/Andersen's Hildebrand Makes Short Work of Mini Marathon

INDIANAPOLIS, May 3 - Whether it's on four Firestone Firehawks or his own two feet, so far RLR/Andersen Racing's J.R. Hildebrand is mighty fast at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Hildebrand, a rookie in the Firestone Indy Lights series and its current point leader, finished the 13.1-mile OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in just 1 hour, 33 minutes and 36 seconds on Saturday. He placed 834th out of more than 35,000 entrants, averaging 7:09 minutes per mile.

The Mini's 13.1-mile course includes the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Hildebrand will drive RLR/Andersen Racing's Allied Building Products No. 25 in the Freedom 100 on Friday, May 23. He was second fastest in a series test there on April 11, which was the first time he drove at the Brickyard.

"I ran a sub-7-minute mile for the first five miles to get into the clear, and then slowed a bit until the end," the 20-year-old native of Sausalito, Calif., said after completing the Mini on Saturday.

He said his only specific training for the event was a 1-hour run on Tuesday. He credited his performance to the overall condition he maintains for auto racing through his regular training program directed by PitFit's Jim Leo.

"I really owe it to Jim Leo and PitFit Training that I was able to compete and run as well as I did," Hildebrand said of that company, based at 6601 Coffman Road in Indianapolis, which guides the training of many top race car drivers. "I think the fact that I didn't train for the event just goes to show how effective the PitFit training program really is."

Hildebrand finished about 3.5 minutes ahead of another race car driver in the Mini, IndyCar's Ernesto Viso.

The event is the largest half-marathon in the United States, and the eighth-largest running event in America.

Hildebrand also thanked personnel at both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the 500 Festival for helping him with the paperwork that allowed him to compete in the very popular event.

"I wasn't really sure what I was getting myself into because I hadn't trained for it and I haven't run that distance for time before," he added. "There were a ton of people at the start, so it took a little while to get settled in, but once I got a few miles in I felt pretty good.

"Running onto the speedway grounds was definitely an experience, and having to run all the way around the track really gives one an appreciation for how big the place really is and what we'll be up against in a few weeks," he continued. "I was still on a good pace after I got through 10 miles. From there it got a little tougher, but I was able to work through it. I posted a respectable time at the end, although I'm not sure there's ever been a time that I was happier just to have made it to the end of a race!" he concluded.

To follow Hildebrand and his RLR/Andersen Racing teammate, Andrew Prendeville, see andersenracingteam.com and andersenracepark.com. Hildebrand's Web site is at jrhildebrandracing.com. PitFit's Web site is at pitfit.com.

For more information on the Mini, see 500festival.com. IMS's Web site is at indianapolismotorspeedway.com, and the Firestone Indy Lights' Web site is at indycar.com/pro.

-credit: rlr/ar

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers J.R. Hildebrand , Ernesto Viso