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Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year looks forward to returning to Iowa

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The last year was eventful and full of many highs and lows for Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year J.R. Hildebrand. 

In his first Indianapolis 500, Hildebrand appeared to be heading toward victory before crashing into the wall on the final turn and finishing second to the late Dan Wheldon.

In the last race of the year in Las Vegas, Hildebrand was injured in a multi-car crash that took the life of Wheldon.

This Sunday, Hildebrand begins his second year on the tour in St. Petersburg, Florida. Hildebrand began his racing career driving go-karts at the age of 14.  

Hildebrand said he is particularly fond of the Iowa Speedway in Newton, because of it's open space and great fans.

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