J.R. Hildebrand and Panther -- Word came out yesterday that J.R. Hildebrand essentially got “let go” by Panther Racing. He’ll be replaced for the rest of the season by Ryan Briscoe. From what I can read, Hildebrand had a “contract” with Panther until the end of this season.
But, as we’ve learned, “contracts” with drivers in motor sports either 1) have a ton of escape clauses or 2) are ignored at some point by some or all of the parties involved, because this isn’t the first time that a driver who allegedly had a contract through a certain date is shown the door. Cough, cough ... Katherine Legge ... cough.