INDIANAPOLIS – Robert Ballou has teamed up with USAC Hall of Fame crew chief Bob East and Klatt Enterprises to compete in Sunday’s Ted Horn 100 USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series event at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.
The Rocklin, Calif., driver has made 11 champ car starts since 2010, with the last appearance coming at the 2016 season-opening Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.
DuQuoin was the location of, arguably, Ballou’s finest performance in a Silver Crown car to date. In the 2013 Ted Horn 100 he led 80 laps before running out of fuel while leading late in the race.
The 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion has made three Silver Crown starts on one-mile dirt ovals, all coming during the 2013 season. At that May’s Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Ballou started fourth and finished 24th after being involved on an opening-lap accident. Later that summer, Ballou qualified 14th and finished ninth at the Springfield Mile in Illinois.
Ballou is one of the nation’s top sprint car competitors. After recovering from serious injuries sustained last Labor Day weekend, he returned to victory lane in his second start back in May at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway. He won again at the Indiana Sprint Week finale at Lincoln Park Speedway in July.
Damion Gardner, a five-time AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car champion and the leader in of Silver Crown’s Rookie of the Year standings, has been the sole driver of the Klatt No. 6 this season. This weekend, he is occupied with CRA duties weekend at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway’s Louie Vermeil Classic.