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Rookie James Davison Boldly Qualifies Always Evolving Racing Car For 2014 Indy
Posted by: newsla on May 18, 2014 - 07:49 AM
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Rookie James Davison Boldly Qualifies Always Evolving Racing Car For 2014 Indy 500


Pole position for the 2014 Indianapolis 500 may not be decided for another day, but James Davison feels as if he already has earned his. Davison boldly made the last qualifying attempt of a hectic day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, piloting his No. 33 KV Racing Technology/Always Evolving Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine into 28th spot on the provisional grid and securing his position in the field for the race come May 25.

 

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The new Indy qualifying format guarantees that the top 30 qualifiers from today cannot be bumped from the field during Sunday's second qualifying day. Davison earlier had logged the 32nd best four-lap speed, but after conferring with his crew and making some changes to the car, they decided to withdraw the original attempt and daringly took to the track just before the gun sounded to end the day. The cool Australian proceeded to put together four smooth laps at an average of 228.150 mph to secure the 28th spot and his place in the race. All drivers must re-qualify Sunday, so Davison could still move to as high as 10th in the final starting grid.

"Our program is so short that today, it was 'always evolving,'" an elated Davison said. "I feel fantastic about that final run. That was like pole position for us, to be honest. We had no practice laps to try out any of these downforce levels that we qualified at in both attempts today. It was just go out there and keep my foot into it. We needed to have some guts there to go again because we did have something to lose. It paid off for us.

"I am really proud of the whole KV Racing Technology/Always Evolving Racing team and can't thank everybody enough for all their hard work. We're officially in the field. We're very close to all of our other cars in the KV camp. From now, we think about the race. It certainly helps me sleep better tonight, feeling we really punched above our weight today and that we are officially in the field, so that stress is not there."

Davison is one of four KV Racing Technology drivers at Indianapolis, joining Sebastien Bourdais (No. 11 Hydoxycut/Mistic E-Cigs - KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone), Sebastian Saavedra (No. 17 KV AFS Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone) and Townsend Bell (No. 6 Robert Graham - KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone) on the defending Indianapolis 500 champion team.

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