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Barracuda confirms line-up for remainder of season

Barracuda Racing has revealed a 'seat share' for its #98 IZOD IndyCar Series entry for the remainder of 2013.
Barracuda Racing has revealed that JR Hildebrand and Luca Filippi will split driving duties in the #98 car for the remainder of the 2013 IndyCar season.

The car was previously occupied by veteran Alex Tagliani, but the team is keen to try out fresh talent with a view to the future and, as such, Hildebrand – previously with Panther Racing – and series newcomer Filippi will divide the remaining four weekends between them.

California native Hildebrand will make his return to the series at the upcoming GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, before completing the campaign at the final round, also in his home state, at the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway, where he led 56 laps last year.

"I'm really excited to join Barracuda Racing this year, and have to give a big thank you to Bryan and the team for the opportunity," the 25-year old said, "Sonoma is where I got my racing start, so it'll be great to have another new experience there with a new team, and one that I've heard nothing but great things about.

"The Sonoma racetrack is not only in my backyard, but Barracuda Networks' also, so we'll be working hard to make it a good one all around. I can't wait to get started."

Filippi will return to the Barracuda Networks car at the Grand Prix of Baltimore, before competing in the Shell and Penzoil Grand Prix of Houston double-header weekend.

"JR is an exciting prospect for us," team co-owner Bryan Herta noted, "He's a talented driver and it made sense for him to be able to compete at his 'home' races in Sonoma and Fontana.

"We were also very impressed with Luca and happy to give him two more outings. He made a good impression on everyone, and this will allow him the chance to race on American-style street circuits."

Hildebrand will get his first taste of the #98 car in next week's open test at Sonoma.



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Alex Tagliani on the fifth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Wednesday May 15, 2013. (Picture Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Honda Indy 200 - Friday, August 2 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Honda Indy 200 - Friday, August 2 2013. (Photo Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
JR Hildebrand on the fourth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Tuesday May 14, 2013. (Picture Credit: Pete Howard for IndyCar Media)
JR Hildebrand on the third day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Monday May 13, 2013. (Picture Credit: Walter Kuhn for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Honda Indy 200 - Friday, August 2 2013. (Photo Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi goes off course in the Turn 9A chicane area during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi streaks toward Turn 1 during practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi with a quick off heading into Turn 12 during practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, races to a second-place finish Sunday, June 14, 2015 during the Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Fillip`s teammate, Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6, won the race. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates his victory Sunday, June 14, 2015 after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Newgarden`s teammate, Luca Filippi, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6, finished second. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, takes the chequered flag Sunday, June 14, 2015 to win the Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Newgarden`s teammate, Luca Filippi, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6, finished second. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, races to victory Sunday, June 14, 2015 winning the Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Newgarden`s teammate, Luca Filippi (rear), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6, finished second. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Luca Filippi and Josef Newgarden celebrate with the CFH Racing team after finishing 1-2 in the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi and Josef Newgarden celebrate in Victory Circle after finishing 1-2 in the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi, Helio Castroneves and Josef Newgarden celebrate on the podium after the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi exits Turn 5 during practice for the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi ends the day in the tyre wall after red flags in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park - Saturday May 30 2015. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)

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