Davo Stars, Alonso Crashes

Davo Stars, Alonso Crashes

The least known of the racing Davison family, James, has put himself into the Top 10 at the second day of Indianapolis 500 testing for 2020.

James, cousin to Will and Alex and son of former Formula 5000 driver Jon, managed the ninth-quickest time of the day.

But Fernando Alonso got bitten with a significant crash, despite running eighth after setting the fifth-fastest time during his opening day run.

Davison is having a relatively busy year with part-time rides in both IndyCar and NASCAR in 2020, after an abortive plan to join the S5000 grid at the Australian Grand Prix in March.

He is making his sixth start at the 500, after a career best of 12th place last year.

“It was an encouraging day,” says Davison.

“We ran competitively in traffic. We weren’t anything special but certainly weren’t below average. Good to know that we can ride competitively with some of the big teams.

“With that said, there’s a couple of guys out there that are in race-winning positions, and that’s something that we are working toward. We will just stick with it and work on our qualifying car tomorrow, in order to secure a good starting spot and track position for the race which is going to be very important.”

While Davison is happy, Alonso took a knock.

“You learn every lap you do around this track, and we will learn from this one,” the Spaniard says.

“We just lost the grip of the car and, at this place, the walls are very close Just the way it is, unfortunately it happened again today. Hopefully it just happens today and not on Sunday, August 23 (Race day).
“It has been going OK, more or less, so far this week, so hopefully we can keep it up the good work and have no more issues.”

The fastest driver on the second day is Scott Dixon, who is a previous winner at Indy and leads this year’s IndyCar championship.

“We’re really just working hard on race set-up. We’ve had a lot of options to work through and we also wanted to run some of the things the other two cars have tried. We also worked on finding traffic today to see how the car would respond,” Dixon says.