The 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 will have at least 35 cars on the entry list once the union of Australia’s James Davison and A.J. Foyt Racing is confirmed. With 33 entries also locked in place, the existing (yet unconfirmed) Dryer & Reinbold Racing Chevy with JR Hildebrand’s name on it has been slotted into the 34th entry position for some time.
As RACER has reported in recent weeks, Davison – a three-time Indy 500 starter – and David Byrd, whose family has a long history of entering and supporting IndyCar entries, have joined forces in search of a a deal for the month of May. Talks with multiple Chevy-powered teams, including Harding Racing and Juncos Racing, did not result in an agreement for the 31-year-old open-wheel and sports car driver to enter his fourth Indy 500.
According to multiple sources, Davison and Byrd have been successful in landing a third Foyt entry alongside 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan and promising rookie Matheus Leist. It’s unclear whether the third Foyt Chevy would be run by existing staff, or if an outside crew would be utilized to field the Aussie.
Davison impressed last May as the stand-in for Sebastien Bourdais at Indy where he charged from last to lead two laps late in the race before crashing the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda.
Multiple calls to Davison went unreturned and Byrd was unavailable for comment.