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Indianapolis 500 racer J.R. Hildebrand motivated by 2011 crash
Indianapolis 500 racer J.R. Hildebrand motivated by 2011 crash

Surprisingly, J.R. Hildebrand isn't sick of talking about it. Hildebrand is a 26-year-old driver from Sausalito who nearly leaped from obscurity to Indianapolis 500 winner as a rookie three years ago. But he made a shocking mistake. Leading comfortably on the last lap, Hildebrand lost control of his car on the final turn — just a few hundred yards from the checkered flag — and the right side of the car slammed into the wall at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As the car skidded along the wall, Dan Wheldon — who months later died in a crash in Las Vegas — swept past for his second Indy 500 win. More than 200,000 spectators at Indy, and millions more watching...

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