After sitting out this past weekend’s event at Barber Motorsports Park, JR Hildebrand has been medically cleared to return to competition, beginning with Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix Raceway.
The driver of the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet sustained a broken bone in his left hand following a last-lap incident in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 9. He underwent surgery two days later.
“It’s been a tricky couple of weeks working through this injury,” Hildebrand said. “I’m certainly anxious to get back in the car. I feel like I’m far enough along (in recuperation) to be able to go for it this weekend in Phoenix.”
Hildebrand proved he was fast during testing, posting the quickest lap during the two-day Verizon IndyCar Series open test at Phoenix in February.
“I know we’ve got a good program; I want to be able to come through for the team at an event where we should be strong,” Hildebrand said. “The competition there is tough, I expect we will really have to be on our game over the course of the weekend.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the Fuzzy’s Vodka car. Everyone has been super helpful, and I appreciate the hard work that everyone has put in to be able to get me back in.”
Zach Veach replaced Hildebrand at Barber Motorsports Park, finishing 19th.
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