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J.R. Hildebrand joins Panther Racing

Updated: December 13, 2010, 11:05 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- After parting ways with former series champion Dan Wheldon following two winless campaigns, Panther Racing is going back to the future by signing a young American to pilot its entry in the Izod IndyCar Series.

Indianapolis-based Panther has hired 2009 Indy Lights champion J.R. Hildebrand as the driver for the team's No. 4 National Guard sponsored car. An official announcement is expected Tuesday.

For Panther, it's a transition similar to the one the team made in 2001, ...

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