Ed Carpenter Racing’s JR Hildebrand goes into the month of May full of confidence following an extremely strong performance last time out at the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at the Phoenix International Raceway.

Hildebrand, who suffered a broken bone in his left hand at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach missed the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

The 29 year old, who replaced Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet for ahead of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season, with Newgarden having replaced Juan Pablo Montoya at Penske started Saturday night’s race from third place and that is where he finished.

Speaking following Saturday’s race, Hildebrand commented by saying:

The car was just awesome all day. It was a little tricky on those first starts and restarts. I couldn’t quite get the timing right and the other guys were running a little less downforce than we were. I was having a hard time fighting everyone off when we were jammed together that close. Towards the end of the race, the car was just awesome. I really felt like I had something for Will (Power) there. If we were in a little more traffic for a little longer, I think we could have gotten him. That’s where we were at our best at this race, just running in a whole pack of cars. A huge thanks to the Fuzzy’s Vodka guys and I’m psyched to be able to come back with a good weekend.

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