Veach to stand in for injured Hildebrand
19 April 2017 – Ed Carpenter Racing has announced that Zach Veach will make his IndyCar Series debut at this weekend's Grand Prix of Alabama, replacing the injured J.R. Hildebrand.
Hildebrand, who broke a bone in his left hand in a final-lap incident at the Grand Prix of Long Beach earlier this month, underwent surgery on April 11 and continues to recover.
Veach, a six-time race winner in Indy Lights, will thus take over the ECR seat at Barber Motorsports Park, though Hildebrand still plans to attend to event and offer advice.
Veach was already confirmed for this year's Indianapolis 500 with A. J. Foyt.
"My heart goes out to [Hildebrand] as I suffered a broken hand a couple years ago and I wouldn't wish that upon anyone," said the 22-year-old, who placed fourth in IndyLights last year.
"This isn't how any driver wants to get his first race, but I'm extremely thankful for the opportunity.
"Ed Carpenter gave me my first chance to test an IndyCar a few months ago. It's going to be very special for me to be back in that same car representing Fuzzy's Vodka at Barber."
Hildebrand hopes to return at the Phoenix Grand Prix on April 29.