James Davison will return to Dale Coyne Racing for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 in May, as the team partners with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, Hollinger MotorSport, and Belardi Auto Racing to run the No. 33 car for the Australian driver.
Davison last raced for Coyne at the 2017 Indianapolis 500 as a replacement driver for Sebastien Bourdais, after the Frenchman was sidelined by injuries suffered in a crash during qualifying. Davison was running fifth in that race before being involved in a multi-car incident. In all the 32-year-old has four starts at Indy including two with DCR.
“I’m enraptured to be rejoining Dale Coyne Racing with Byrd Hollinger Belardi,” said Davison. “Dale’s team is special in many ways and I have fond memories driving the No. 18 and No. 19 cars at the 500 in the past. We endeavor to recreate our prior success together and can’t wait to get after it.”
With the addition of Davison, DCR will once again be running multiple entries at the Indianapolis 500 with Davison joining full season drivers Sebastien Bourdais (#18 Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Racing) and rookie Santino Ferrucci (#19 Dale Coyne Racing).
“We’re very excited to have James come back to the team for the Indianapolis 500,” said team owner Dale Coyne. “He stepped in last minute for us with hardly any practice as a substitute driver to Sebastien a couple of years ago and did a great job under the circumstances and showed he has the speed to run with the best of them. We’re also happy to be partnering once again with the Byrd family who have a long history with the Indy 500, as well as Hollinger MotorSport, and we look forward to working with Brian Belardi and his team.”
Jonathan Byrd’s Racing last partnered up with the Plainfield, Illinois-based DCR squad in 2016 as the primary sponsor on its No. 18 car and also ran an Indy-only entry for the late Bryan Clauson.
“It was only a matter of time before we formed a partnership with Dale Coyne Racing for the Indianapolis 500 this year,” said David Byrd, one of the principals of Jonathan Byrd’s Racing. “We’re all connected in one way or another. Both the Byrd family and James have a history with Dale and his team and last year James, Brad (Hollinger) and I partnered with Belardi Auto Racing, so this year’s deal came together very naturally. Dale’s team has had strong runs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the last couple of years and we hope to continue that with them.”
Although they’ve made numerous appearances at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indy Lights Series’ Freedom 100, this will mark only the second time that Belardi Auto Racing fields a co-entry for the Indianapolis 500, with their first one coming last season, also with Davison, Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and Hollinger MotorSport.
“I’m very happy to have Belardi Auto Racing once again part of the Indianapolis 500,” said team owner Brian Belardi. “I’m especially excited to be partnering with Dale Coyne Racing, who not only have a lot of experience in IndyCar, but they’ve proven time and time again how competitive their cars are at the Speedway, and I believe that with the great group of partners we have and with James Davison behind the wheel we are setting ourselves up for a very successful month of May at Indianapolis.”
Practice for the Indianapolis 500 kicks off on May 14, with the race set for May 26.