Hildebrand thrilled with unusual team gift

Updated: July 17, 2011, 1:14 PM ET
By John Oreovicz

INDIANAPOLIS -- Seven weeks later, JR Hildebrand is still dealing with the aftermath of the Indianapolis 500.

But things are looking a lot better.

The 500 was, of course, a good news/bad news situation for the 23-year-old Izod IndyCar Series rookie. Hildebrand finished second in the race, but until the final corner of the final lap, he looked destined to become only the ninth rookie winner of the Memorial Day classic.

Funny thing is that when most ...

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