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Rookie Mistake Costs Indy Car Driver The Win (Final Lap)

Rookie JR Hildebrand threw away the 100th anniversary edition of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, crashing on the very last corner of the last lap in the most dramatic, spectacular and heartbreaking finish in the great race’s proud history.

Hildebrand was poised to become the first rookie since Helio Castroneves in 2001 to drink the famous milk as he survived a wild afternoon to enter the final lap clear of Dan Wheldon.

However, heading into the final corner – and with his team officials and pit crew already raising their arms in celebration – Hildebrand lost control of his No.4 National Guard car for Panther Racing and smashed into the wall.

Even then, he nearly won in any case, as his mangled vehicle slid along the wall toward the finish line. But the impact of the crash caused him to slow enough for Wheldon to surge past in the final 200 yards.

While Wheldon celebrated, Hilde

Added: May-29-2011 Occurred On: May-29-2011
By: jbpnw
Regional News
Tags: indy 500, victory fail, rookie, crash
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States (load item map)
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