The IndyCar series is one step closer to filling the traditional 33-car field for the Indianapolis 500, after an announcement Thursday that James Davison will return for a sixth run on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. It’s the 31st announced team-driver combo for the Aug. 23 race and will be Davison’s fourth appearance at IMS with Dale Coyne Racing, alongside a slew of partners that helped make the last-minute program possible.
After finishing 12th a year ago – his best finish in five runs at the 500 during his IndyCar career – Davison’s entry in the No. 51 Honda is officially made up as Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing/Byrd/Belardi. As David Byrd told IndyStar on Thursday, it’s the culmination of a dream imagined back in December, before the pandemic struck, that only truly had looked possible last Friday after Byrd spoke with team owner Dale Coyne- whom Byrd and Davison partnered with a year ago.