ROCKLIN, Calif. – Still recovering from a broken arm endured on June 23, Robert Ballou had high hopes of making his return to USAC National Sprint Car Series action on the tour’s West Coast swing.
Unfortunately, the healing process is taking longer than expected, meaning Ballou will be unable to make the trip west and is now looking toward a 2020 return to the driver’s seat.
“I am pretty bummed to not be able to get out West and race in front of so many friends, as well as my family,” Ballou said. “The recovery process is going well, but it is just taking longer than we thought to get full strength back. My doctors have been great and I am pain free; it is just a long process from what was a pretty brutal injury.”
During the season, Ballou and his Robert Ballou Motorsports team lost long time sponsor Harry Dickinson of Dickinson Farms, who passed away back on April 10.
Ballou and his team are sending one final farewell to Dickinson and thanking him for supporting ‘The Mad Man’ over the years.
“It was said to lose Harry back in April, we wanted to race a couple more times to honor him but it wasn’t mean to be,” Ballou added. “I’d also like to thank all of my partners for their continued support. 2019 didn’t go as planned by any means, but I will be back and better come 2020.”
As he continues the road to recovery, Ballou is in the process of finalizing his 2020 plans.