James Davison will return to the Indianapolis 500 this May in a Honda-powered entry bearing the number 33 and bringing together Dale Coyne Racing, Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, Hollinger MotorSport and Belardi Auto Racing.
Davison raced at Indianapolis with Coyne in 2017 as the team’s replacement for the injured Sebastien Bourdais and participated in last year’s 102nd edition of the race with AJ Foyt Racing and the three other entities involved in this new program in what was his first Indy 500 experience not as a fill-in.
The Australian driver’s best Indianapolis result of 16th came in his rookie run in 2014. He finished last in 2018 after running at the front but being involved in a multi-car crash.
“He stepped in last minute for us with hardly any practice as a substitute driver to Sebastien a couple of years ago and did a great job under the circumstances and showed he has the speed to run with the best of them,” team owner Dale Coyne said of Davison. “We’re also happy to be partnering once again with the Byrd family who have a long history with the Indy 500, as well as Hollinger MotorSport, and we look forward to working with Brian Belardi and his team.”
Beyond Davison’s return to the team, the 2019 race will bring Jonathan Byrd’s Racing back to Coyne for the first time since a joint Indy-only entry for Bryan Clauson in 2016.
Davison will work with Coyne’s full-time drivers Bourdais and Santino Ferrucci during his fifth run at the “500,” set to take place May 26.