J.R. Hildebrand is Coming to Formula Drift in 2013

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 In Formula D Major Announcements Tyler McQuarrie

We don’t have all the details yet on the Indy driver joining the Formula Drift season but we do know a few things about this jump. He is officially paid and on the drivers list for Streets of Long Beach and we have confirmed with Tyler McQuarrie he is running under the Tyler McQuarrie Racing umbrella. Hildebrand did run a Chevrolet engine last year putting some synergy between the two drivers under the Chevrolet logo. We can only assume and hope to see him in a Chevrolet Camaro for the season? What does everyone think about this breaking news!?

A little flashback on the blog will show him testing the GoPro/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro a few months back.

29 Comments

  1. petite pounder says:

    what. in. the. world. Indy driver coming to do this brings some real credibility to the sport. Pretty badass and FD must be happy.

  2. hollywood says:

    think he should run pro am like everyone els. didnt they learn with jim guthrie.??????

  3. lifer says:

    This will be very interesting to follow how well he will do.

  4. Brian says:

    Ya how does this work? I mean if you have real cred in other drifting series you can challenge FD for your pro license but just cause you come from a PRO racing series doesn’t mean you can sling a car around and battle with the big guns. That being said hopefully he surprises us. As I recall Shane van Gisbergen from V8 supercar jumped into D1NZ and put down some decent runs his first go.

  5. Vanessa says:

    I have a feeling he’s driving a Cadillac CTS-V but I could be wrong.

  6. Richard Cranium says:

    How did he qualify for a licence? either FD requires you to run pro/am to earn your licence or anyone gets a shot without it. I understand they want the draw of this but when you start breaking the rules that you set for the series then it really hurts and drifting already has enough issues with that being a judged event.

  7. Chris Licup says:

    You can buy your way into the series. Just like sny other motorsport. Just cost a ton of money.

  8. Seriously!?!?!?! says:

    NICE PICTURE BRO! now go to a freaking proam and EARN a FD licence like the rest of them.. HEY! FD stop being so stupid and cutting corners!!!!!!!!

  9. jabroni says:

    so many drivers have bought into FD he is not the first one…no one bitches when a f1 driver comes over to nascar or a nascar driver comes to indy or v8 super car driver goes to lemans….so shut the hell up. that dudes earned his stripes in his sport you hit the wall and you die. also hes porbly been training with tyler extensively tyler wouldnt wana ruin his cred either im sure. i think its awesome pro drivers are showing interest in the sport shows you the level of respect its generating these days…im sure hes not soully doing it for the money or to boost himself up he must truely have a interest and passion for the sport like any of us

  10. Slider S15 says:

    i think this is great news for the sport! Someone of his caliber joining the ranks says a great deal about the sport and the way people are starting to see it as a legitimate Motorsport.

    Hopefully he can bring in some new fans, new publicity, new money and hopefully even some manufacturer backing!

    If he can get his head around things quickly and put on a good show this could be the start of great things and the next step in the evolution of the sport.

  11. Vanessa says:

    http://www.marinij.com/motorsports/ci_22827380/marin-motor-sports-sausalitos-hildebrand-settles-into-life

    I take it back, Camaros…

    p.s. I think everyone needs to realize if they were given this opportunity, they would go for it.

    “I’m going to do some drifting stuff with one of my buddies, Tyler McQuarrie,” said Hildebrand, referring to the fringe Drift Racing events that involves cars sliding around the track. “I know him from being at Russell (Racing Drivers School at Sonoma). He’s been doing it a long time. He and I used my Chevrolet connection though IndyCar to get a pretty bad-ass engine program for us to do Camaros.”

  12. racerpage says:

    This is huge for drifting in general…..but there needs to be another professional drift series in the US to keep up with all this new talent trying to funnel in FD.

  13. Mike peters says:

    The butthurtedness of “come up through pro am” is great. He comes from a real motorsport and is downgrading to drifting for a fun side project. He’s not gonna drive a rusty s13 on rotas and hit up adams go kart track like most of the wannabe bottom feeders.

  14. LOL at all the dudes crying about having to go thru ProAm. Do you guys now know you can buy yourself into anything? More than likely this dude is going to rip harder than most of you would ever dream of.

    Also majority of the ProAm dudes are crying about having to pay $100-$200 to register for an event and making it there, im pretty sure this dude has his budget covered and all he has to worry about is have fun and probably just be good enough to get into Top 32.

  15. Blaze1 says:

    Anyone remember Pierre Kleinubing, bad ass road racer? Came to FD, started out pretty lame but progressed toward the end of the season in the A’PEXI RX7. Didn’t come back the next season… Hope this guy does not end up like that.

  16. Brian says:

    I remember last year when Diago came to FD last year and it’s funny how the only bitching people did is why he’s competing as a rookie…

  17. hollywood says:

    mpstfu hey your name isnt battle axe on another forum is it ? lol…..

    listen we all have seent he video of him and tyle driving together and it looks like he is decent. but irl is a dying series i mean come on down grade to drifting??? irl has filed bk and almost not run what 14 times now. hints why most drivers have jumped ship and gone to nascar (if they can afford it) or something els… this is publicity for the sport and if we have learned anything from the great danny george its that no publicity is bad publicity… with that said welcome but please be ware jtp will attack you if you wreck him cuz your terrible…. the end

    sorry justing just a funny bro..

  18. hollywood says:

    also forgot to add the opening statement in the fd rule bookstates that they for any reason do not have to uphold or can change the rules as they see fit… im sure someone has the exact wording but yeah its something like that. so im sure this is one of those things where they can just do whatever they want………….

  19. Caleb says:

    Formula D allows to get a pro liscense if you have an extensive racing background. Read the rule book haha

  20. rotarypower says:

    ^^What he said.man some of u need to read then damn rulebook and stop hating u dont have to compete for a license u can buy it but its gonna cost u a grip

    #Fanboysmakemelaugh

  21. Vanessa says:

    http://www.marinij.com/motorsports/ci_22827380/marin-motor-sports-sausalitos-hildebrand-settles-into-life

    I take it back, Camaros…

    P.s. I think everyone needs to realize if they were given the opportunity, they would go for it too

    “I’m going to do some drifting stuff with one of my buddies, Tyler McQuarrie,” said Hildebrand, referring to the fringe Drift Racing events that involves cars sliding around the track. “I know him from being at Russell (Racing Drivers School at Sonoma). He’s been doing it a long time. He and I used my Chevrolet connection though IndyCar to get a pretty bad-ass engine program for us to do Camaros.”

  22. Colin Frost says:

    I wish everyone would stop whining about the licensing thing and pro am.

    They do that to make sure you’re a proven driver, this guy obviously is. Who knows how he will do, but just sit back and enjoy. I’m betting he’ll do pretty damn decent.

    I went through the licensing process thing, but truth be told I (and all the rest of you guys) needed to. It was good learning, good practice, etc. It’d be silly to make this guy go through 12 rounds of JustDrift.

  23. SamuraiSam says:

    Did everyone forget about Chris Cooke and Robby Unser? Both did halfway decent when they drove, seemed like they just needed a bit more seat time before they’d be competitive. If JR has actually been practicing, there’s no reason he can’t be very good out of the gate, ESP with Tyler taking him under his wing. I hope he does well!

  24. Danny George says:

    Can see both sides, in the end this is killer for the sport. I think now and the next few years will be the best years for FD.

  25. I want some crab cakes right now.

  26. Mike Peters says:

    Mike peters, You forgot to capitalize your last name.

    This is rad. Send a written letter to FD telling them to send everyone through Pro-Am, and they’ll send you last years results where everyone was beaten by someone who didn’t go to Pro-Am. Let them run their series, you guys do whatever you do to contribute to society that does NOT involve running a series. FD Has it under control, so you can do whatever your dayjob/ living off (insert here) and hating successful people entails on a daily basis. This is a good deal for FD, good deal for Tyler, and sounds like a fun-as-hell deal for Hildebrand. Be excited about it.

    I’m excited to see motorsports culture spreading across a couple of different avenues. Rock on.

  27. bmatyeah says:

    I wonder if he will crash in FD as carelessly, like he did today by not paying attention.

  28. Taylor says:

    LOL @ all the guys bitching about him being given a license. Why? He has way more racing pedigree than everyone in Formula D. If JR or some of the other “top guys” wanted a license for Indy they would just be laughed it.

    It’s a step in the right direction with name brand drivers coming to the series with well run teams and not asking for donations. If Formula D drivers made bank there would be much more competition.

  29. Sittharn Jungate says:

    Did you guys see him run down will power at st Pete? Lets see how many cars he can run over in FD. Woohoo!