INDIANAPOLIS – The first major accident for Indianapolis 500 practice occurred on Friday when James Davison’s No. 33 Chevrolet broke loose in the apex of Turn 2 and spun around prior to making hard contact with the Turn 2 SAFER barrier. Davison, had just completed his 37th lap on Friday, with a top speed of 226.705 mph.
The Aussie is driving a third AJ Foyt Racing entry this month as the car is a joint effort between Foyt, Belardi Racing and Byrd Racing. Last year, Davison filled in for an injured Sebastien Bourdais in the 2016 Indianapolis 500, where he become just the second driver ever to start last in the race but lead a lap. In fact, Davison was running in the lead group before being involved in a Turn 2 crash with 15 laps-to-go in the race.
So far this week, Davison has had some speed in his car. He was 12th in the second session of the day on Tuesday, before being 33rd and 29th respectively the last two days.
On Fast Friday, he had enough pace to contend for one of the 33 starting spots in the May 27 race but not good enough for their liking. While the team would have been in on speed at that moment, they knew that they couldn’t just sit back and stand on that. They had to make changes to see if it worked to their advantage. He said that they went the wrong way and that he had no indications that the car would do that before it stepped out on him. They needed to go down trying and it cost them.