HAMILTON JR. TO RACE FOR RPM/GORMLY IN SATURDAY’S VOGLER CLASSIC
Story By: Richie Murray/USAC Racing
Photo By: Rich Forman/USAC Racing
Brownsburg, Indiana………Davey Hamilton, Jr. will make his USAC Silver Crown Champ Car season debut this Saturday, September 8, when the series returns to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis for the “Rich Vogler Classic.”
The 21-year-old Boise, Idaho native will compete in a familiar car, the No. 98 for the RPM/Fred Gormly team, which captured the 2016 Silver Crown title with driver Chris Windom. Hamilton made four starts for the team during the 2017 season with a best finish of 5th at Salem (Ind.) Speedway and a 9th at Lucas Oil Raceway, the .686-mile paved oval where he made his first series start in 2014, and the home of this Saturday’s 100-lap event.
“I’m so excited to be back racing in the Silver Crown Series,” Hamilton said. “To get to return with a great team like RPM/Fred Gormly at a place where my Silver Crown career began is such a thrill and I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do this Saturday night.”
The son of 11-time Indy 500 starter, Davey Hamilton, has just five career Silver Crown starts, but has plans in the works to make more frequent appearances in the big cars among his racing endeavors in the coming years.
Hamilton gives thanks to Jonathan Byrd’s, Mister Quik Home Services and Hoosier Tire for the opportunity to compete in the penultimate race of the 2018 Silver Crown season. Kody Swanson won the first appearance at LOR in May ahead of brother Tanner Swanson who charged from 22nd to 2nd and was challenging for the win during the final laps.
A field of 22 cars is expected for the event with former race winners and champions across the board. Past LOR Silver Crown winners Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Bobby Santos, Ryan Newman, Russ Gamester and David Byrne are entered along with past champs K. Swanson, Newman, Chris Windom, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Dave Darland, plus 2012 Rookie of the Year Kyle Hamilton and current top Rookie Kyle Robbins, among many others.
Pits open at noon, with practice set for 3pm, qualifying at 6pm and racing at 7pm. The race will be live via pay-per-view on http://www.Speed51.com/ and tape-delayed for a later airing on MAVTV.
Advance adult general admission tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of race, at the gate, adult general admission tickets are $25 and general admission tickets for children 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35 apiece.