James Davison secures maiden IndyCar drive

James Davison undertakes a seat fitting with Dale Coyne

James Davison undertakes a seat fitting with Dale Coyne

Third-generation racer James Davison has been rewarded by landing a drive in the next round of the IndyCar Series for long-time American open wheel owner Dale Coyne.

Davison has become a journeyman since featuring in the US as a young teenager almost 10 years ago with his tenacity and determination paying off with the opportunity to drive at the Mid Ohio race from August 1-4.

The 26-year-old son of former racer and long-time Sandown promoter Jon Davison tested for Coyne at the Mid Ohio course late last month.

Overnight Australian time Davison was at the team workshop in Illinois for a seat fitting.

He has tasted success at the circuit, winning two Indy Lights races, the last time in the wet when he finished second in the championship in 2009.

Davison has never given up on chasing a drive in the IndyCar series with Coyne, who has alternated drivers in the #18 entry with English racer Mike Conway winning the opening race at Detroit after replacing Ana Beatriz.

“It’s an incredible feeling to finally realize my dream of becoming an Indycar driver after 4 years of adversity on the sidelines,” said Davison.

“I’ve had to work overtime for this opportunity and can’t thank Dale Coyne and all my supporters enough for their continued faith in me.

“There will no doubt be a lot to learn however this is the challenge of racing some of the best drivers and teams in the world in Indycar. I’ll be pushing to achieve the best possible result in my rookie race.”

James Davison is the cousin of V8 Supercars drivers Will and Alex.

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