INDIANAPOLIS – James Davison only turned 15 laps last Tuesday afternoon as he was named as the driver of the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing entry just hours earlier. He basically took the car out in Happy Hour to shake it down and go through his refresher phases.
He’s only raced three Verizon IndyCar Series events as the last one came in last year’s Indianapolis 500. He started 28th and finished 16th in a solid start.
But, he hasn’t been in an IndyCar since.
After another 86 laps last Wednesday, somehow the 28-year old Australian found himself fourth on the speed charts.
Yes, in just 24-hours, he went from driving and IndyCar for the first time in nearly one calendar year to having the fourth quickest speed of the month.
But, he had a previous sports car commitment so he hopped out of the car from Thursday through Sunday so Tristian Vautier could practice and qualify his car in the process.
Vautier, put his No. 19 Honda into the field solidly so Davison returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for practice on Monday afternoon for just his third day of being behind the wheel.
Well, he picked up where he left off.
Despite having just a grand total of 101 laps of experience this month, Davison ended Monday’s practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway fourth again on the speed charts.
He turned a lap of 226.109 mph on Monday afternoon which landed him inside the top five yet again.
Lets recap, two full practice sessions and an hour of a third one for Davison in this month and he was fourth in two of them with an under budget team.
That’s turning a lot of heads.
It’s not like he’s doing this in a Ganassi and Penske car. Heck, he’s not even turning this much speed in a Chevy entry.
This is a Dale Coyne Racing Honda. The same team that has had drivers finish in the back two spots in nearly all five races this year.
Davison though, is giving them a breath of fresh air as he’s proving he deserves a full-time shot in this series. Imagine if he had a whole year experience this year.
Eric Smith is a Senior Writer for the Indiana Sports Report covering Racing. He’s covered both IndyCar and NASCAR action since 2009 and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by both the IndyCar Series and all three divisions of NASCAR racing.
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