JR Hildebrand has been signed to drive the No. 11 ROKiT Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing on the oval tracks in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES this season.
Hildebrand, 34, from Boulder, Colorado, will share the car with Tatiana Calderón of Colombia, who is driving the No. 11 ROKiT Chevy on the road and street circuits. Kyle Kirkwood and Dalton Kellett are the full-time drivers for the team owned by legendary four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt.
"I’m excited to have this opportunity to get back in the car, do a little more racing and work with the AJ Foyt Racing squad again," Hildebrand said. "Although the results may not have looked special on paper, I was really impressed by what we accomplished last year at the 500 and look forward to attacking these other ovals on the INDYCAR schedule alongside Kyle and Dalton."
The first of five races for Hildebrand will be the XPEL 375 on Sunday, March 20 at Texas Motor Speedway, live at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on NBC and the INDYCAR Radio Network. He will also compete in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Hy-Vee doubleheader on July 23-24 at Iowa Speedway and the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 on Aug. 20 at World Wide Technology Raceway.
Last year, Hildebrand signed with AJ Foyt Racing to drive the team's fourth entry in the Indianapolis 500 with sponsorship from Foyt's longtime sponsor ABC Supply. He qualified 22nd and finished 15th, the highest finisher on the four-car team.
"We had a great experience working with JR last year, and there is no doubt he is very competitive at Indianapolis," Team President Larry Foyt said. "He is still very motivated to drive Indy cars and is a setup-savvy, technical driver who will be a strong addition to our oval races this year."
Hildebrand scored his career best finish of second as a rookie in 2011. It was a bittersweet finish. He took the lead with two laps to go, and while passing a lapped car, his car pushed high and tapped the outside wall, which slowed him enough to allow Dan Wheldon to win. In 11 Indy 500 starts, Hildebrand has qualified in the top-10 four times and posted four top-10 finishes.
2009 Indy Lights champion Hildebrand has started in 66 INDYCAR races and claimed 17 top-10 finishes, including seven top-fives, three of which were on the podium.