INDIANAPOLIS – James Davison did a lot of talking following Saturday’s Indianapolis 500 Time Trials when he made references that he wasn’t going to be losing any sleep over James Hinchcliffe not making this year’s 102nd Running of the big race (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). Davison, was the 33rd and final qualifier of the day as he advanced onto the big show with a four-lap average of 224.798 mph in his No. 33 Chevrolet.
That was remarkable in it’s on feat. On Fast Friday, Davison crashed hard into the Turn 2 SAFER barrier that left him in some pain. The car was damaged more than it looked as the team had to get spare parts and rebuild it well into the early morning hours before opening day of qualifying just hours later.
Not only did they work past 2 a.m. they had that car rebuilt and first in line through tech on Saturday morning. Davison and his Byrd Racing/Belardi Racing/AJ Foyt Racing crew had his car ready to just make it in on Saturday.
They’d do just that.
On Sunday, they’d improve drastically. Davison, improved his four-lap average by 1.5 mph which helped improve his standing in qualifying 14 positions. He went from 33rd on Saturday to a 19th place starting spot on Sunday. Davison, turned a four-lap average of 226.255 mph which was .41 mph off of 18th.
That’s a huge feat for them.
“It’s been an incredible weekend for the team after our mishap on Friday,” said a happy Davison. “We had to endure a very long night, obviously, it’s always depressing when you have a crashed car around here. We punched above our weight on bump day, and got ourselves in, but didn’t show our hand. We really laid it down on pole day to move from 33rd to 19th. It’s basically two days in a row the team has been rewarded for their hard work, making the show and moving up 14 positions on the grid. Unexpected results are always really nice in motorsports and we got that today with our improvement, substantially. Just very proud of the entire team and want to keep the momentum going next week.”
He’s now got a great shot for Sunday’s race. His teammates were 10th (Tony Kanaan) and 11th (Matheus Leist) respectively in qualifying and their Chevy power should have all three in contention come May 27.