James Davison
James  Davison
Foyt with Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi
33 Chevrolet Australia Road To Indy Graduate
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James Davison
rank
38
Career stats
Indy Car History
Championships: 0
Indy 500 Wins: 0
Total Poles
0
Race Wins
0
Birthday
Aug 28, 1986
Hometown
Melbourne, Australia
Residence
San Francisco

Davison earned his first Firestone Indy Lights victory in 2008 with Sam Schmidt Motorsports at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He also earned his first pole last season at Nashville Superspeedway.

Davison has previous driving experience and success in the Star Mazda, Champ Car Atlantic, Formula BMW USA, Victorian Formula Ford Series and competes in sports cars in the United States. A native Australian, his family is prominent in Australian motorsports. His grandfather, Lex Davison, won the Australian Grand Prix four times, while his father, Jon, raced Formula 5000, and his cousins, Alex and Will, race V8 Supercars.

Davison made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in 2013 at Mid-Ohio and his Indianapolis 500 debut in 2014.

CAREER STATS

YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2018 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
2013 Verizon IndyCar Series 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Total 6 0 0 0 0 2 3
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2009 Indy Lights 15 1 3 8 14 84 15
2008 Indy Lights 16 1 1 3 5 34 14

RAF = Running at Finish

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First Start
August 4, 2013
Mid-Ohio

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2015
    • Competed in Indianapolis 500, started 33rd after missing qualifying due to other racing commitments and finished 27th for Dale Coyne Racing
  • 2014
    • Competed in 98th Indianapolis 500, qualifying 28th and finishing 16th for KV Racing Technology.
  • 2013
    • Drove in two races for Dale Coyne Racing, finishing 15th at Mid-Ohio and 18th at Sonoma.
  • 2011
    • Tested Indy car for Andretti Autosport at Palm Beach (Fla.) International Raceway.

James's Road To Indy

  • 2015
    • Drove Nissan Motorsports GT-R GT3 in Pirelli World Challenge.
    • Captured fifth consecutive pole position in TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GTD class for TRG-Aston Martin Racing in season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
  • 2014
    • Drove in TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GTD class for TRG-Aston Martin Racing, winning pole for final four races of season and best race finish of fourth (Belle Isle).
    • Scored Aston Martin team its first IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge win at Kansas.
  • 2012
    • Competed in Porsche Carrera Cup in Australia.
    • Drove in two Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series GT class races for Michael Baughman Racing.
  • 2011
    • Drove in one Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype event for Michael Shank Racing.
  • 2010
    • Competed in two Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype events for Starworks Motorsport.
  • 2009
    • Finished second in Indy Lights championship for Vision Racing, winning one race (Mid-Ohio) and adding six more top-five finishes.
  • 2008
    • Collected first Indy Lights win (Mid-Ohio) and finished ninth in championship for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.
  • 2007
    • Finished second in Star Mazda championship for Velocity Motorsports with win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and three poles.
  • 2006
    • Drove in 10 Champ Car Atlantic races for Team Australia, with best finish of seventh at San Jose.
  • 2005
    • Drove in Formula BMW Junior series, capturing win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course support race.
    • Scored three additional podium finishes.
    • Named part of Confederation of Australian Motorsport Elite Driver program, earning financial support from foundation.
  • 2004
    • Competed in Australian Formula Ford competition.
A.J. Foyt Enterprises

LONG BEACH, California – The Indianapolis 500 has a unique way of bringing people together.

In 1994, AJ Foyt Racing partnered with Jonathan Byrd Racing to put John Andretti behind the wheel in what was the first ‘double’ on Memorial Day weekend, when Andretti ran both the Indianapolis 500 and 600-mile NASCAR Cup race in Charlotte on the same day.

In 2018, the formation was a year in the making. David Byrd, a Jonathan Byrd Racing principal and son of the team’s late namesake, was impressed with James Davison’s performance in the 2017 Indy 500 when he stepped in for an injured Sebastien Bourdais at Dale Coyne Racing, started last, charged to the front and led two laps before finishing 20th.

“It’s been a long time coming,” David Byrd said. “James and I really started working on this when the checkered flag flew last year (at the Indy 500). I was so impressed with his performance in last year's race, and just felt like after taking a step back last year, not having a program, that he was going to be the right guy to bring us back and really start a new era for us. Being able to put the program together with Larry (Foyt, president of AJ Foyt Racing) has been a great experience, and I think it's going to be a competitive program.”

Larry Foyt and David Byrd were also pleased to bring Brad Hollinger and Brian Belardi into the ownership mix. Hollinger is an American businessman who is part owner of the Williams Formula 1 team. Belardi has run a successful Mazda Road to Indy program for years.

“This will be Brad Hollinger’s first time having his name on the entry as an owner for the Indy 500,” Byrd said. “For Brian as well, it’s been something he’s wanted to do. To set that up for himself, to where he wouldn’t even watch or be at the 500 until he was in the 500… that says something about the regard in which he holds it.”

Veteran team manager Steve Moore and engineer Kyle Brannan, who both worked with Davison at KV Racing in 2014, will oversee the bid this year. AJ Foyt Racing is providing the equipment.

David Byrd cited the significance of the number 33, since Andretti used that number in the 1994 Foyt/Byrd alliance for the race and this is the 33rd anniversary of the Byrds’ first Indy 500 entry.

“My father partnered with A.J. back in 1994 … and this year I'm able to work with Larry, so kind of a multigenerational thing happening,” Byrd said. “So it's kind of exciting and fun, and some similarities to that program.

“Anytime you go to Indy with A.J., it’s special,” Byrd added. “A.J. was bigger than life when I was growing up and first going to Indy.

“So to be a part of that program is great.”

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