Indy 500 Racer JR Hildebrand Joins Sage Karam in DRR WIX Team For ARX2 Rallycross Season Opener at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 6, 2019) – Veteran Indy 500 racer J.R. Hildebrand will join a four-car Dreyer & Reinbold Racing ARX2 Rallycross team this weekend (June 8-9) at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the Americas Rallycross (ARX) season opener as part of the Cooper Tires ARX Rallycross of Mid-Ohio event set for the specially designed asphalt and dirt course in the famed “keyhole” portion of the legendary road circuit.
Hildebrand, a nine-time Indy 500 starter from Boulder, Colo., will drive the No. 48 WIX Filters ARX2 machine in the ARX2 doubleheader weekends at Mid-Ohio and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway near St. Louis (July 13-14). The 2011 Indy 500 runner-up and Rookie of the Year will team with his DRR Indy 500 teammate Sage Karam, ARX2 young star Cole Keatts and teenage female sensation Gray Leadbetter in the four-car DRR assault at Mid-Ohio.
This weekend at Mid-Ohio will be Hildebrand’s ARX2 debut but the 31-year-old California native is no stranger to various forms of motorsports including competing in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Formula DRIFT action as well as sports cars. In his open-wheel career, JR captured the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship (2006) and the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship (2009).
For the past two Indy 500 races, Hildebrand has driven for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and placed 11th and 20th. JR began his IndyCar Series career driving for DRR in 2010 with races at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma.
“Can't wait to jump in the ARX2 car with DRR,” said Hildebrand. “I had a lot of fun briefly testing the car after the Indy test a couple of months ago and I am excited to learn as much as I can this weekend in Mid-Ohio. DRR's track record is extremely good in these cars, so I'm looking forward to tackling it with them.”
Reinbold has been very excited about JR and Sage’s ARX2 appearances in the twin WIX Filters cars. Both Indy 500 veterans are debuting in ARX2 this weekend at Mid-Ohio.
“We were very pleased with the feedback and performance of JR in the ARX2 test last month in Indy,” said Reinbold, whose ARX2 team won the 2016 U.S. Rallycross Lites series title. “He has driven a variety of racing machinery over his career and we feel the ARX2 series will be very competitive this year and especially with the new Mid-Ohio ARX course. Having JR team up with Sage in the two WIX Filters cars will be a great season opener for our team and partners. Plus, the two youngsters, Cole Keatts and Gray Leadbetter, figure to be right in the mix this weekend too.”
Hildebrand will campaign the No. 48 WIX Filters with Mecum Auctions car at Mid-Ohio, while Karam will drive the No. 24 WIX Filters with ISMI Springs vehicle. Keatts will handle the No. 53 Black Rifle Coffee Company ARX2 car and Leadbetter, the 14-year-old female competitor, will pilot the No. 28 Oil2Soil machine.
The ARX2 Rallycross season opener this weekend will take place over a specially prepared 10-turn, 1300-meter asphalt and dirt course in the southeast portion of the historic Mid-Ohio 2.4-mile road circuit including the famed “Keyhole” section. The action gets underway Saturday (June 8) at 9:15 a.m. EDT with practice followed by qualifying round 1 at noon. The ARX2 finals are scheduled for 4:40 p.m. EDT
On Sunday (June 9), ARX2 qualifying begins at 10 a.m. with ARX2 finals set for 2:15 p.m. EDT.
Americas Rallycross (ARX) is expanding its television and digital streaming coverage in 2019 on CBS Sports Network (CBSSN) and Facebook Live. For more information about ARX and ARX2, go to ARXRallycross.com and follow @ARXRallycross on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.