Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hildebrand Takes Dominant Victory in Edmonton

J.R. Hildebrand scored a dominant win from pole position in the inagural Firestone Indy Lights race at the Edmonton City Centre Airport this past weekend.

Hildebrand was the quickest in both practice and qualifying, then went on to win Saturday's race by just over 14 seconds, setting the fastest lap along the way. The vicotry further padded his points lead which now stands at 69 points over teamate Sebastian Saavedra with five races remaining on the schedule.

"We had an awseome race, everyone did a great job all weekend," said Hildebrand after winning the caution free race by a margin of 14.015 seconds. "The start was a little unnerving but Richard and I both gave eachother just enough room and we just got on from there. I figured with the track being as rough as it is that as long as I could run consistently fast laps I would be able to slowly pull away and that's pretty much what happened. As the tires wore off, I picked up a little bit of balance, and then I started catching lapped cars so I decided to go ahead and lay some laps down to put them between myself and Philippe in case a caution came out. WE had a great weekend all around. I'm so happy for everyone and am looking forward to the next few weeks as well."

Hildebrand and his Andretti Green / AFS Racing crew have a quick turnaround as they head to the Kentucky Speedway this weekend for Round 11 of the Firestone Indy Lights Series.

Hildebrand would like to thank his Andretti Green / AFS Racing crew, along with ARPOR, BALD SPOT SPORTS, THE RACEMAKER PRESS and DOUG MOCKETT & CO. for all their support.