With Sebastien Bourdais out of the seat due to injury, Dale Coyne Racing announced on Sunday morning that James Davison will drive the No. 18 GEICO Honda for the Indianapolis 500.
“My thoughts are with Sebastien and Claire Bourdais,” expressed Davison. “This is never the circumstance that a driver wants to secure an opportunity to drive in the Indianapolis 500. With that said, I’m extremely excited and ready to take on this challenge. The prime goal will be to secure a strong result for the team, Sebastien and all our sponsors. I can’t wait to get started.”
The Australian has previous experience with the team, racing in the 2015 edition of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, along with two other events in 2013. He has a best result of 16th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, coming in 2014.
“It’s never easy when you have to replace an injured driver, but the important thing is that Sebastien is going to fully recover from his injuries and we’ll be waiting for him when he’s ready to come back,” shared Team Owner Dale Coyne. “We’ve worked with James in the past and he’s done a good job for us, he’s familiar with the team and knows how we work so it was an easy decision when came the time to find someone to fill the 18 seat.”
During Saturday’s qualifying session, Bourdais made heavy contact with the wall, suffering multiple fractures to the pelvis and a broken right hip. He underwent successful surgery for his pelvic injuries on Saturday evening.
While Davison will not be out for time trials, he will get a chance to practice on Monday and Friday ahead of the Indianapolis 500 next Sunday.
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