This year’s Indianapolis 500 should have a full 33-car field following confirmation that Australian racing driver James Davison will pilot a fourth entry being fielded by reigning winner KV Racing Technology.
The widely anticipated news has finally be confirmed, meaning the 27-year-old will team up with the team’s regular drivers Sébastien Bourdais and Sebastián Saavedra, as well as an already confirmed third entry being piloted by Townsend Bell.
Davison – the cousin of V8 Supercars racer Will Davison – has secured the deal with the backing of the Los Angeles-based Always Evolving Racing racecar preparation business, borne out of the automotive firm created by actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, who were killed in a fiery car accident last year.
Rodas had previously backed Davison’s IndyCar Series debut last year, where he had two road course outings with Dale Coyne Racing (pictured above).
“It’s been my childhood dream to race in and win the Indy 500,” Davison, who is racing full-time in the United SportsCar Series, said of his return to open-wheel racing.
“I have had to work very hard and persevere to get here with KV Racing Technology. Finally, it’s arrived and I have a fantastic opportunity with the reigning Indianapolis 500 champion team. I feel I have the best of chances to do well.
“I’ve got to thank KV Racing Technology, the guys at Always Evolving Racing and all of my other supporters for making this dream come true.”
The deal doesn’t come with a great deal of financial backing, meaning Davison’s ex-Panther Racing DW12 chassis is limited to just one engine and a small bank of Firestone tyres for the entire ‘month of May’.
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