Panther Racing's JR Hildebrand is expected to race this weekend at the Twin 275 IZOD IndyCar Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, despite suffering a torn ACL in his left knee on Wednesday.
The California native was participating in a promotion at the track called "Driven By Fitness" with Penske Racing drivers Ryan Briscoe and Will Power and four-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson when he hit his knee on a hurdle during a race. Initially, his injury was reported as a bruise, but ESPN's Terry Blount cited sources that confirmed that the injury was more severe.
Hildebrand finished second in the 2011 Indianapolis 500 after losing traction while passing a lapped car in the final turn and hitting the retaining wall. Bryan Herta Autosport's Dan Wheldon, a former Panther driver and past champion at Indianapolis, won the race.