Hildebrand takes blame for last-lap miscue at Indy

IndyCar driver JR Hildebrand reacts next to track safety personnel after he crashed on the final lap of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 29, 2011. Dan Wheldon, of England, won the race. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

May 29, 2011 9:03:50 PM PDT
JR Hildebrand now knows why so few rookies win the Indianapolis 500.

The 23-year-old IndyCar driver was a quarter-mile from winning the centennial edition of the race when he attempted to pass Charlie Kimball's lapped car on the outside of Turn 4 on the final lap Sunday. The move ended in disaster when his No. 4 Panther Racing Honda rolled over debris as it exited the turn and slammed into the wall.

Hildebrand managed to cross the finish line with sparks flying from the right side of his car, but not before Dan Wheldon slipped past to collect his second 500 victory.

Hildebrand bent over with his head in his hands as he inspected his damaged car and took blame for the mistake, saying his team deserved better.