INDIANAPOLIS – Davey Hamilton, Jr. will take on an expanded USAC Silver Crown Series schedule this year as he shoots to compete in all 12 races for his father’s Davey Hamilton Racing team.
Hamilton owns a plethora of experience in a wide variety of machines, including off-road trucks and Indy Lights throughout his career, but a full slate of Silver Crown racing is the next step in his racing endeavors.
That has the 21-year-old native of Boise, Idaho, pumped coming into the new season.
“There are so many legends who’ve come from Silver Crown racing,” Hamilton said. “To finally be able to run the whole schedule is pretty exciting. For the past few years, I haven’t been able to run a full schedule in anything. Basically, I’ve been racing whatever I can instead of racing for points or a championship. To be able to run for a Silver Crown championship is exciting. Finally, I have something to work toward the whole year.”
The son of 11-time Indy 500 starter and 34-time Silver Crown starter Davey Hamilton has five career Silver Crown appearances, all coming on the pavement. He made his series debut in 2014 and started four races during the 2017 season, with a best finish of fifth at Salem (Ind.) Speedway.
However, 2019 will have a different look as the younger Hamilton jumps into the seat for six pavement and six dirt races in his busiest USAC season yet.
The dirt will be a learning curve, and he admits that his previous experience on dirt in a midget at the Chili Bowl in 2017 – plus Ford Focus midget, mini sprint and off-road truck racing – is a completely different animal than jumping into a Silver Crown car on a half-mile or one-mile dirt oval.
“Yeah, I don’t have much dirt experience,” Hamilton admitted. “I’m not sure what to expect or what it’s even going to be like, but I’m excited to take on a new challenge and learn something new and hopefully I can figure it out quickly to be competitive.”
Hamilton’s schedule has him bouncing around between full slates for both the USAC Silver Crown Series and the Robby Gordon Stadium Super Trucks, as well as putting a program together to race in the Indy Lights Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May.