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Andy Hillenburg (b. April 30 1963, Indianapolis, Indianamarker) is an Americanmarker race car driver, team owner and track owner. He began his racing career at age 11, when he competed in the Indianapolis soap box derby.

Racecar driver

He won the state quarter midget championships in 1975-1979. Hillenburg won the ARCA Super Car Series Championship in 1995, with 3 time ARCA Champion Bob Dotter as Crew Chief. He won the 1995 and 1997 Daytona ARCA 200, the premiere event in the series.

He served as a test driver for the IROC series. He competed in the 2000 Indianapolis 500, finishing 28th, and has sixteen Winston Cup starts nine Busch Series starts and four in the Craftsman Truck Series. His best finish in NASCAR was a third place finish at the 1999 NAPA Auto Parts 300, where he finished 3rd in the #18 MBNA Pontiac Grand Prix for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Racecar owner

As of 2008 he operates the Fast Track High Performance Driving School and is running a team for Bryan Silas as an entry in ARCA and the Camping World Truck Series. He also fielded a car driven by Frank Kimmel in the 2007 Daytona 500, but the entry did not make the field. He will continue to run two trucks in the Truck Series in 2009 through a partnership with Dave McClure.

Acting

He has also acted in a few movies, including 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story on ESPN, Herbie Fully Loaded, and Talladega Nights.

Hillenburg also was a technical advisor and provided equipment for the filming of the Bollywood film Ta Ra Rum Pum, which was filmed at Rockinghammarker and also at the ARCA race at the Wisconsin State Fair Parkmarker.

North Carolina Speedway

On October 2, 2007, Hillenburg purchased North Carolina Speedwaymarker in Rockingham, North Carolinamarker for $4.4 million (USD). The track was put up for auction by Speedway Motorsports Inc and chairman Bruton Smith. Rockingham has not hosted a NASCAR event since 2004, but Hillenburg hopes to bring lower-tier NASCAR series back to the track. On May 4, 2008 the ARCA RE/MAX Series raced at Rockingham in the Carolina 500 and again will in 2009. Also in 2008, the USAR Hooters Procup Series had their final race of the season at the Rockingham Speedway, in a race called the American 200 (named in honor of the name for the first race run at the Rock in 1965, the American 500) on November 1, 2008.

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