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Hildebrand at another crossroads

After his time at Panther Racing came to an abrupt end in 2013, JR Hildebrand spent three seasons trying to earn a second chance in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Wednesday morning, entering his home race at Sonoma, he learned part-time teammate Spencer Pigot will take over his No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevy in 2018. The press release announcing the change failed to mention Hildebrand's name. The business of motor racing can be cold, as the 29-year-old will attest. In a sport where numbers matter, holding 15th place in the IndyCar standings entering the last race of the year – one spot behind Rookie of the Year Ed Jones – has kept the Northern Californian on the hot seat. Related...
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