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Report: JR Hildebrand Injuries Left Knee at Texas

No NameAnalyst IJune 9, 2011

If you didn't feel bad for JR Hildebrand for what happened at Indianapolis, you should now.

The Panther Racing driver had another tough break today, as he injured his knee in an obstacle course race earlier today at Texas Motor Speedway. ESPN.com is reporting that it was an ACL injury, but the rookie has yet to confirm that report.

Hildebrand did confirm that he does have a significant amount of swelling that will make some aspects of this weekend's IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway problematic, calling it "a hassle" in the report.

The injury occurred during a promotional event at TMS known as "Driven by Fitness." On an obstacle course, JR was competing against Penske Racing driver Ryan Briscoe when Hildebrand struck his knee on the final hurdle, which broke the board in half.

Hildebrand tumbled to the ground and laid there for several minutes. His knee was wrapped up, and it was clear by the grimace on his face that he is in significant pain.

Hildebrand said he expects to be able to drive the race car this weekend, according to the report. Practice and qualifying begin tomorrow (Friday) for the Firestone Twin 275s on Saturday night. Fortunately for him it is his left knee, so he won't be using it as much this weekend on the high-banked speedway at Texas.

Hildebrand was fitted for a brace that he will begin wearing as soon as it arrives. Practice for Saturday night's events begin at 1:30 on Friday, and qualifying is at 4:30.

You can view the video of the injury by clicking here.

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