WHITELAND, Ind. — Nolen Racing announced Thursday that USAC Triple Crown champion Jerry Coons Jr. will return to the team for the 2018 USAC Silver Crown Series season, joined by former series champion Chris Windom in a two-car effort.
“We’re very pleased to add Chris to our team,” said team owner Gene Nolen. “I think he and Jerry will work well together, and we’re hoping it will help us get more wins. We’re definitely looking forward to the new season.”
A native of Tucson, Ariz. who now lives in Greencastle, Ind., Coons is one of only six USAC Triple Crown champions. He won the Silver Crown championship in 2008 and he finished second in the series in three of the last four years, including this year.
Coons has seven USAC Silver Crown victories, including the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds twice and the Silver Crown race at Eldora (Ohio) Speedway’s Four-Crown Nationals twice.
“I’m happy to be back with the Nolen team for 2018,” Coons said. “We had a decent year, finishing second in points. We just need to improve in a couple areas to win the championship. We had solid cars and finished every race, which is a feat in itself. Chris and I have been teammates before and work well together.”
Windom, 26, finished right behind Coons in third place this year in the final point standings for USAC’s top division. His victory in the 2017 season opener at the Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind., was his sixth career USAC Silver Crown victory.
In 2016, the Canton, Ill. native won at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa.; at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Ill.; and at Eldora Speedway’s Four-Crown Nationals, when he put all but the podium finishers a lap down en route to victory.
“I’m really excited to be joining Nolen Racing for the 2018 USAC Silver Crown season,” Windom said. “Gene [Nolen, the team owner] wants to win the championship, just like I do. It’s an iconic team, and I think we’ll be able to put a good car together.”
Both Coons’ and Windom’s Silver Crown cars will be sponsored in part by KECO Coatings and Indy Race Parts.
The team will announce the drivers of its asphalt and dirt sprint cars at a later date.
CREDIT: Nolen Racing