Just two days after announcing that DePalma Motorsports, one of the most successful teams in the USAC Silver Crown Seris, was ending their participation in the series, their driver Kody Swanson was announced as the new driver for Nolen Racing.
Nolen Racing will be downsizing from two cars to a single car team in 2019, with four-time series champion Kody Swanson behind the wheel. Nolen also announced a change in their sprint car program to two asphalt sprint cars next season. Swanson and Shane Hollingsworth have been tabbed as the drivers for those two cars. In the changes, drivers Jerry Coons Jr. and Chris Windom were cut from the Nolen Racing 2019 program.
Swanson, a native of Kingsburg, California, who currently lives in Zionsville, Indiana, led the USAC Silver Crown point standings all year enroute to his fourth title driving for DePalma Motorsports. He broke a 32-year-old record when he won five races in a row (four on pavement tracks and one on a dirt track) this summer. His victory at the Salem (Ind.) Speedway in August was his 24th career victory in the series, breaking Jack Hewitt’s record for all-time wins in USAC’s premier series.
Gene Nolen has been a top USAC Silver Crown team owner for 28 years. He has won USAC’s prestigious Robbie Stanley Award, and he is a member of the Little 500 Hall of Fame. Nolen said that veteran team manager Kevin Noblitt and right-hand-man Rick Laughlin will be staying with the team, and it will still use Chevrolet engines prepared by Bill Tranter.
The team’s headquarters are in a 5,500-square-foot shop in Whiteland, Indiana. The team is sponsored in part by KECO Coatings and Indy Race Parts, and it would welcome additional marketing partners.