A.J. Foyt Racing driver James Davison returned to the track this morning in his repaired No. 33 Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi Chevy entry after crashing hard on Friday.
The Australian completed 14 laps during a rain-delayed practice session and reported no problems with the car, which was positive. The lingering negative, however, was the lack of outright speed ahead of qualifying which starts later this morning. With the slowest individual lap speed among the 35 cars entered for the 33-car race, Davison was hoping the rebuilt No. 33 would go faster, but as he found in the abbreviated session, making the field is more of a question mark than a certainty.
“It felt back to normal, but the speed’s not there, so that’s concerning to us,” he said after posting a best no-tow lap of 224.732mph. “We’ve really got to try and find a mile and hour to find some safety. All we can do it the best with what we have and maximize that. We have to get some speed in it. Can we get a full mile and hour? We’re unsure about that right now.”