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Davison cracks first laps in Indy rookie test

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Friday 16th May, 2014 - 8:52am

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James Davison

James Davison

James Davison has finally turned his first laps after performing his mandatory rookie orientation program on day five of practice for the Indianapolis 500.

Davison completed two of the three phases of the ROP in the #33 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet.

The Aussie was satisfied with the work the team completed after turning a total of 63 laps during his maiden practice run ahead of qualifying and pole day this weekend.

“I can go to bed resting easier knowing we got through our first day at IMS smoothly,” Davison said.

“We now know what to expect, any anxiety has dried up and I am excited to continue working on our program.

“In terms of speed, we know where we’re at since we didn’t run in traffic or with a tow.”

Davison, who ran two IndyCar series races last year, cracked his best speed on lap 61, turning the 4km oval in 217.052mph (349.31km/h) to be 33rd.

The fifth practice session was topped by Team Penske star and triple Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves who turned up the ante to post a 227.166mph (365.59km/h) best lap.

Ed Carpenter, the polesitter from last year, was second fastest in 226.257mph (364.13km/h) with Will Power third in 225.899mph (363.55km/h).

For the first time this week all 33 drivers hit the track with Buddy Lazier, the 1996 winner, logging a total of 18 laps to be 32nd quickest.

Townsend Bell was fourth ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay, reigning Indy 500 champ Tony Kanaan, JR Hildebrand, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kurt Busch and Simon Pagenaud.

The Chip Ganassi driver Ryan Briscoe was 14th fastest with team-mate and reigning series champion Scott Dixon 20th.

See below for results of practice 5

1

Helio Castroneves

227.166mph

39.6186

2

Ed Carpenter

226.257

39.7777

3

Will Power

225.899

39.8408

4

Townsend Bell

225.484

39.9142

5

Ryan Hunter-Reay

225.340

39.9396

6

Tony Kanaan

224.836

40.0292

7

JR HIldebrand

224.825

40.0311

8

Juan Pablo Montoya

224.782

40.0388

9

Kurt Busch

224.739

40.0464

10

Simon Pagenaud

224.655

40.0614

11

Sebastien Bourdais

224.655

40.0614

12

Marco Andretti

224.643

40.0636

13

Josef Newgarden

224.478

40.0930

14

Ryan Briscoe

224.371

40.1121

15

Carlos Huertas

224.242

40.1353

16

Alex Tagliani

224.067

40.1665

17

Sebastian Saavedra

223.955

40.1867

18

Sage Karam

223.903

40.1960

19

Takuma Sato

223.793

40.2157

20

Scott Dixon

223.785

40.2172

21

Jacques Villeneuve

223.536

40.2620

22

Martin Plowman

223.495

40.2694

23

Justin Wilson

223.491

40.2700

24

Graham Rahal

223.478

40.2725

25

Pippa Mann

223.441

40.2791

26

Mikhail Aleshin

223.374

40.2912

27

Charlie Kimball

223.344

40.2965

28

EJ Viso

222.782

40.3982

29

Carlos Munoz

222.522

40.4455

30

Oriol Servia

222.131

40.5167

31

Sebastien Bourdais

218.688

41.1545

32

Buddy Lazier

218.277

41.2321

33

James Davison

217.052

41.4648

34

Jack Hawksworth

43.770

3:25.6219

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