James Davison

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James Davison
James Davison - 500 Festival Parade - 2015 - Stierch.jpg
Davison at the 2015 Indianapolis 500
Nationality Australian
Born (1986-08-28) 28 August 1986 (age 30)
Melbourne, Australia
Related to Jon Davison (father)
Lex Davison (grandfather)
Diana Davison (grandmother)
Richard Davison (uncle)
Alex Davison (cousin)
Will Davison (cousin)
Tony Gaze (step-grandfather)
Pirelli World Challenge career
Debut season 2016
Teams AE Replay XD Nissan GT Academy
Starts 20
Wins 16
Poles 1
Fastest laps 1
Best finish 4th in 2015
Previous series
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008-09
2010–12
Victorian Formula Ford
Formula BMW USA
Champ Car Atlantic
Star Mazda Championship
Firestone Indy Lights
Grand-Am Series
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Car no., team No. 90 (King Autosport)
2016 position 63rd
Best finish 63rd (2016)
First race 2016 Road America 180 (Road America)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of 27 August 2016.

James Davison (born 28 August 1986) is an Australian professional race driver who drives an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in the Pirelli World Challenge.

His father Jon Davison was a Formula 5000 competitor and was the long-running promotor of racing events at Sandown Raceway. Davison's grandfather, Lex Davison, was a four-time winner of the Australian Grand Prix. He is a cousin of V8 Supercar drivers Alex and Will Davison. He also competed as a coxswain as part of Scotch College's championship-winning rowing crew in 2003.

Racing career[edit]

Open-wheel[edit]

Junior formula[edit]

In 2004 he joined the ranks of Formula Ford in his native Australia, running in both the Victorian and National Championships. At the end of 2004 he won a scholarship at the BMW Junior Scholarship Finals in Valencia. For 2005 Davison competed in the Formula BMW USA Junior Series, qualifying on the front row at the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Montreal, won at the US Grand Prix held at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was second at the Denver street circuit and Mid-Ohio and third at Barber Motorsports Park and Road Atlanta. Based on these performances, Davison became part of the Confederation of Australian Motorsport Elite Driver program which included attendance at the Australian Institute of Sport and financial support from the Foundation. At the end of the season he qualified and finished tenth at the Formula BMW Final at Bahrain.

2006 saw him again compete in the United States in the Formula Atlantic series for Team Australia. After the Denver round he was dropped by the team for fellow Aussie Michael Patrizi.[1] 2007 saw Davison progress into the Star Mazda Championship where current IndyCar Series drivers Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal previously competed. Driving for Velocity Motorsports, Davison proved to be an outstanding competitor finishing second in the Championship; earning three pole positions and one win.

Davison driving in Indy Lights at St. Petersburg

Indy Lights[edit]

2008 found him in the Firestone Indy Lights series, racing for Sam Schmidt Motorsports. He struggled throughout the first half of the season, but captured his first series pole at Nashville Superspeedway, a concrete oval, in July. His first win came in bizarre circumstances in a wet race at Mid-Ohio. While running second on the last lap, race leader Jonny Reid went into pit lane instead the finish line, handing Davison the victory. Davison also received the Sunoco Most Improved Driver Award at the IRL Championship Celebration held in Las Vegas. Davison finished second in the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights Championship with new team Vision Racing, again winning at Mid-Ohio. Davison was running at the finish of all fifteen races and finished in the top ten in all but one.

IndyCar[edit]

In November 2011 he tested for Andretti Autosport at Palm Beach International Raceway, Florida.[2] He shared the car with Indy Lights driver Gustavo Yacaman.[3][4]

In 2013 Davison tested a car for Dale Coyne Racing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. A few weeks later it was announced that he would drive the team's #18 car at the race there. It will be his first open wheel race appearance since 2009.[5] Following the horrific accident by Sebastian Bourdais during qualifying for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 it was announced that James would be stepping into the number 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda for the remainder of the season. In the later stages of the race, Davison matched a record set by Tom Sneva in 1980 and became the third driver in Indy history to start 33rd and lead laps in the race, having led 2 laps. He then got caught up in a late wreck with 17 laps to go.

Sports car racing[edit]

2010 saw him make his sports car debut in the Grand-Am Series for Starworks Motorsports Corsa Car Care Dinan-BMW Riley partnering Ryan Dalziel and Mike Forest in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen[6] finishing a creditable seventh.[7] He was then drafted in to run at the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen the Crown Royal 200 also at Watkins Glen. In 2011 he drove for Michael Shank Racing at Laguna Seca.

Driving with The Racer's Group in an Aston Martin in 2014, he scored four consecutive GTD class poles across the final races of the 2014 and first race of the 2015 season.[8]

In 2015 he joined Nismo factory team to drive a Nissan GT-R in the Pirelli World Challenge. He continued with Always Evolving Racing in the GT-R in 2016 before moving to The Racer's Group for the 2017 season.[9]

NASCAR[edit]

Davison made his first NASCAR start in 2016, driving the No. 90 King Autosport car in the Xfinity Series for the Road America 180. He started 18th and went down one position after making contact with Scott Heckert on the last lap.[10][11]

Davison at the 2015 Indianapolis 500

Motorsports Career Results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
2004 Victorian Formula Ford Championship 6th Van Diemen RF95 – Ford Alex Davison [12]
Australian Formula Ford Championship 21st
2005 United States Formula BMW Championship 6th Mygale FB02 – BMW HBR Motorsport
Formula BMW World Final 10th Team Meritus
2006 Champ Car Atlantic 17th Swift 016.a – Mazda Cosworth Walker Racing
2007 Star Mazda Championship 2nd Star – Mazda Velocity Motorsports
2008 Indy Lights 9th Dallara IPS – Infiniti Sam Schmidt Motorsports
2009 Indy Lights 2nd Dallara IPS – Infiniti Vision Racing
2010 Rolex Sports Car Series 34th Riley & Scott Mk. XX – BMW Starworks Motorsport
2011 Rolex Sports Car Series 56th Riley & Scott Mk. XX – Ford Michael Shank Racing
2012 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 20th Porsche 997 GT3 Cup McElrea Racing
2013 IndyCar 32nd Dallara DW12-Honda Dale Coyne Racing
2014 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge - GS 37th Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 TRG - AMR
United Sports Car Championship - GTD 21st
IndyCar 29th Dallara DW12-Chevrolet KV Racing Technology
2015 Pirelli World Challenge - GT 4th Nissan GT-R GT3 AE/Replay XD/Nissan GT Academy
United Sports Car Championship - GTD 15th Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 TRG - AMR
IndyCar 38th Dallara DW12-Honda Dale Coyne Racing
2016 Pirelli World Challenge - GT 7th Nissan GT-R GT3 AE/Replay XD/Nissan GT Academy
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - GTD 37th Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 TRG - AMR
Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America - ProAm 11th Lamborghini Huracán LP620-2 TRG - Lamborghini
NASCAR Xfinity Series 63rd Chevrolet King Autosport

American Open Wheel Racing Results[edit]

(key)

Champ Car Atlantic results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2006 Team Australia LBH
13
HOU
10
MTY
21
POR
25
CLE1
13
CLE2
13
TOR
12
EDM
13
SJO
7
DEN
22
MTL ROA 17th 69

Star Mazda Championship[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2007 SEB
3
HOU
7
VIR
4
MMP
2
POR
13
CLE
17
TOR
5
RAM
4
TRO
11
MOS
1
RAT
5
LAG
3
2nd 389

Indy Lights results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
2008 Sam Schmidt Motorsports HMS
22
STP1
13
STP2
14
KAN
11
INDY
17
MIL
6
IOW
15
WGL1
Ret
WGL2
11
NSH
Ret
MDO1
7
MDO2
1
KTY
2
SNM1
14
SNM2
13
CHI
5
9th 333
2009 Vision Racing STP1
8
STP2
17
LBH
7
KAN
8
INDY
6
MIL
5
IOW
10
WGL
2
TOR
5
EDM
10
KTY
4
MDO
1
SNM
3
CHI
2
HMS
5
2nd 447

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2013 Dale Coyne Racing Dallara DW12 Honda STP ALA LBH SAO INDY DET DET TXS MIL IOW POC TOR TOR MDO
15
SNM
18
BAL HOU HOU FON 32nd 27
2014 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet STP LBH ALA IMS INDY
16
DET DET TXS HOU HOU POC IOW TOR TOR MDO MIL SNM FON 29th 34
2015 Dale Coyne Racing Honda STP NLA LBH ALA IMS INDY
27
DET DET TXS TOR FON MIL IOW MDO POC SNM 38th 10
2017 STP LBH ALA PHX IMS INDY
20
DET
DET
TEX
ROA
IOW
TOR
MDO
POC
GMP
WGL
SNM
33rd* 21*

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2014 Dallara Chevrolet 28 16 KV Racing Technology
2015 Dallara Honda 33 27 Dale Coyne Racing
2017 Dallara Honda 33 20 Dale Coyne Racing

Sports Car Racing Results[edit]

(key)

Rolex Sports Car Series results[edit]

Year Team Make Engine Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Rank Points
2010 Starworks Motorsport Riley BMW DP DAY HOM BAR VIR LRP WAT1
7
MDO DAY2 NJ WAT2
Ret
CGV MIL 34th 24
2011 Michael Shank Racing Ford DAY HOM BAR VIR LRP WAT1 RDA LAG
Ret
NJ WAT2 CGV MDO 56th 11
2012 Michael Baughman Racing Corvette Chev GT DAY BMP HMS NJ BIP MDO RA WAT1 IMS
Ret
WAT2
8
CGV LAG LRP 57th 23

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results[edit]

Year Team Make Engine Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2014 The Racer's Group Aston Martin Vantage GT3 GTD DAY
22
SEB
19
LAG
13
BIP
4
WAT
11
MSP
12
IMS
7
RA
DNS
VIR
12
COA
Ret
PET
10
25th 196
2015 DAY
13
SEB
2
LAG
5
BIP
2
WAT MSP LRP RA VIR COA PET 15th 113
2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 DAY
20
SEB LAG
3
BIP WAT MSP LRP RA VIR COA PET 37th 32

Pirelli World Challenge results[edit]

Year Team Make Engine Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Rank Points
2015 Always Evolving Nissan GT-R GT AUS1
6
AUS2
16
STP1
6
STP2
16
LBH
5
BAR1
1*
BAR2
11
MOS1
9
MOS2
20
DET
5
ELK1
2
ELK2
2
ELK3
1*
MDO1
2
MDO2
2
MIL1
2
MIL2
2
SON1
7
SON2
6
LAG
7
4th 1562
2016 AUS1
4
AUS2
13
STP1
19
STP2
2
LBH
4
BAR1
4
BAR2
8
MOS1
5
MOS2
2
LRP1
12
LRP2
5
ELK1
5
ELK2
18
MDO1
17†
MDO2
5
UTA1
[N 1]
UTA2
[N 1]
SON1
11
SON2
7
LAG
7
7th 1210
2017 The Racer's Group Aston Martin Vantage GT3 GT STP1
2
STP2
21
LBH 12th 44
Dime Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 SprintX VIR1
13
VIR2
9
MOS1 LRP1 LRP2 ELK1 ELK2 MDO1 MDO2 UTA1 UTA2 COA1 COA2 COA3 SON1 SON2
  1. ^ a b J. D. Davison had been suspended at Utah Motorsports Campus after making avoidable contact at Mid-Ohio while on probation.

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Xfinity Series[edit]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

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