James Davison was minding his own business Friday afternoon, tooling through Turn 2 in the middle of the groove when everything went sideways, so to speak.
In the first serious shunt of the month, Davison spun into the wall and put a pretty good hurt on his 502 East Chevy.
“I had zero warning,” said Davison, who walked away uninjured from the crash. “I didn’t turn in too early, I didn’t pinch it and I didn’t have any big moments in Turn 1 or anything.
“We were 32nd on the no-tow list so we had to go out and trim it a little and do a qualifying sim.”
David Byrd, along with partners Brian Belardi and Brad Hollinger, put the deal together to lease an A.J. Foyt car for Davison, and his team was scrambling to put the damaged Dallara back together on Friday evening.
“It got the left side suspension, sidepod, uprights and undergrad,” said Byrd, whose father sponsored cars at Indianapolis all through the ’80s and ’90s. “It looks like it also got the gearbox so we’re scrambling a little bit.
“But it’s a good group of mechanics and we’ll get everything back together.”
Just then Bob Lazier poked his head in the garage. “Bob offered to give us whatever we needed; he said he’s got a car three blocks away,” said Byrd.
IndyCar rules say that Davison needs to present his car for qualifying on Saturday and go out in the position he drew Friday evening.
“I think we’ll be out by tomorrow morning,” said Davison. “We’ve just got to get in a little practice.”