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Rookie James Davison Methodically Climbs To Impressive 16th Place
Posted by: newsla on May 26, 2014 - 07:14 AM
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Rookie James Davison Methodically Climbs To Impressive 16th Place Indianapolis 500 Finish

James Davison's goal was to finish every mile of his first Indianapolis 500, which he did. He also moved consistently up the field as desired, advancing 12 spots from his starting position in the No. 33 KV Racing Technology/Always Evolving Racing Chevrolet/Dallara Firestone to finish 16th. Yet like any true racer, Davison wanted more.


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"I feel OK with the result," an exhausted Davison said after completing all 200 grueling laps of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "We had a solid race and we finished, so it was mission accomplished today. I feel we deserved a 12th place result, based on who we were sitting behind prior to the last restart. But I got jammed up there into turn one and three cars went by me. That's the way it goes. Sometimes it works for you, sometimes it works against you."

Davison was nearly taken out on the very first lap when the cars of Ryan Briscoe and Jacques Villeneuve touched exiting turn two, but a quick evasive maneuver by the rookie avoided Briscoe. Later, he nearly collided with Villeneuve in the pits as Davison was exiting and Villeneuve entering. A heavy stomp on the brakes prevented calamity once again, and Davison calmly continued on in the race that ran in green-flag conditions for the first two-third of the event before a flurry of cautions and even a late red flag following the accident of teammate Townsend Bell on lap 191.

Davison sat in 13th place on the restart with six laps to go, but two cars in front of him slowed, Davison lost momentum, was passed by three cars and could not overtake anyone before the checkered flag.

"The KV Racing/Always Evolving team did a great job for me this month of May," Davison said. "We were the shortest program out there (in track time for the month) and maximized what we could with what time we had. We progressively trimmed the downforce out of the car today and added front center of pressure, which made me a little racier. I'm just very thankful to be here for the Indianapolis 500, hopefully the first of many for me."

Davison, one of four Indy 500 entries on the KV Racing Technology team this year, finished third best among the seven rookies in the race. Teammate Sebastien Bourdais (No. 11 Hydoxycut/Mistic E-Cigs - KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone) wound up seventh, teammate Sebastian Saavedra (No. 17 KV AFS Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone) was 15th and Bell (No. 6 Robert Graham - KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone) placed 25th after his late crash.

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