Dan Wheldon

J.R. Hildebrand hoping for vindication at Indy 500

J.R. Hildebrand hoping for vindication at Indy 500

The 33 drivers in the Indianapolis 500 are seeking racing immortality. One, J.R. Hildebrand, also wants vindication for being a mere mortal.

Six years ago the Californian was only one corner away from winning the iconic race as a rookie when he lost control of his car and crashed into the wall. That enabled Dan Wheldon to shoot past him for the victory.

It was a shocking mistake that might have sent another young driver into racing oblivion. But Hildebrand has used it as motivation to keep trying to win the Memorial Day weekend classic.

He’s a strong contender again this year, having qualified sixth with an average speed of 230.889 mph, so he starts Sunday’s...

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