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James Davison Passes Rookie Orientation, Cleared To Practice
Posted by: newsla on May 16, 2014 - 06:48 AM
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James Davison Passes Rookie Orientation, Cleared To Practice, Qualify For Indianapolis 500


James Davison calmly and smoothly completed the Rookie Orientation Program (ROP) today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, clearing the Australian to practice and qualify the No. 33 KV Racing Technology/Always Evolving Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone for the 2014 Indianapolis 500.

 

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Davison is the fourth driver on the KV Racing Technology contingent aiming to defend the team's 2013 Indy 500 c hampionship. He joins Sebastien Bourdais, who is driving the No. 11 Hydoxycut/Mistic E-Cigs - KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone, Sebastian Saavedra, in the No. 17 KV AFS Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone, and Townsend Bell, driving the No. 6 Robert Graham - KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone, on the team.

"I can go to bed resting easier knowing we got through our first day at IMS smoothly and completed ROP," Davison said. "We now know what to expect, any anxiety has dried up and I am excited to continue working on our program. I am pleased with my first laps in an Indy car at IMS. We got up to speed conservatively. In the end, we trimmed the car one stage and I was happy with the balance. In terms of speed, we know where we're at since we didn't run in traffic or with a tow. The No. 33 KV Racing Technology/Always Evolving Racing team had a good day and we will build on it tomorrow."

ROP consists of three phases, where the driver must run consecutive laps within a speed window. The first phase is 10 laps at 200-205 mph, the second phase is 10 laps at 205-210 mph and the final phase 15 laps at 210-plus mph. Wet weather delayed the car from reaching the track until after 3 p.m. Bourdais took it for a few shakedown laps before Davison settled in and completed the phases in quick succession. He may now practice with all other competitors Friday, a day ahead of this weekend's qualifying for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500. The race is scheduled for Sunday, May 25 and will air on ABC beginning at 11 a.m. ET.

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