Reports: Davison poised to be 33rd entry to Indy 500

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Via multiple reports, including Dave Furst of Indianapolis ABC affiliate WRTV and Indianapolis Star reporter Curt Cavin among others, Australian James Davison is set to be the 33rd entry for this year’s Indianapolis 500.

The reports have Davison in a fourth KV Racing Technology entry, joining full season entrants Sebastien Bourdais and Sebastian Saavedra, and previously announced third driver Townsend Bell, who is also an NBCSN IndyCar analyst.

Davison made a pair of Verizon IndyCar Series starts in 2013 in Dale Coyne Racing’s second car, at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma. He impressed in both given limited testing time.

There’s more than meets the eye to this in terms of Bell, Davison, their 2014 full season commitments and a shared partner.

Bell will have support from Royal Purple on his No. 6 Robert Graham – Royal Purple – Beneteau USA Chevrolet, as he seeks to make his eighth Indianapolis 500 start. The synthetic motor oil also supports Bell’s No. 555 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 in the GT Daytona class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Meanwhile one of Royal Purple’s other teams it supports is TRG-AMR North America – Davison’s squad in GT Daytona of the TUDOR Championship.

Per Cavin, the proposed No. 33 Chevrolet will be on a short-week program, and the team is yet officially confirm this will happen.

But when you look at who’s already associated with the various entities, it makes more sense.

The 32nd car, incidentally, is the aforementioned Coyne second car which has been driven in the first three races of 2014 by Colombian rookie Carlos Huertas. Huertas completed his Rookie Orientation Program today and is likely to be confirmed to the team’s No. 18 Honda for the Indianapolis 500.

Here’s who were picking to win the Indy 500 — who are YOU picking?

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Several members of the NBC Sports motorsports staff have made their predictions on who will win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Of the six voters, two are going with 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden, while two others are going with Helio Castroneves to win a fourth 500, which would tie him with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.

Here’s our picks. Who are YOU picking?

Leigh Diffey: Helio Castroneves — He drives the place better than anyone else. For me (for what its worth) he deserves a fourth 500 ring for the frustration he went through never getting the IndyCar title!

Townsend Bell: Josef Newgarden

Nate Ryan: Simon Pagenaud — All of his 2018 misfortune on the track has disappeared in May, and it culminates in the biggest victory of his career.

Jerry Bonkowski: Helio Castroneves – There’s no pressure as he pursues his fourth Indy 500 win. All Helio has to do, as late NFL owner Al Davis would say, is “Just win, baby!” (But if Helio falls short, watch for Marco Andretti)

Kyle Lavigne: Josef Newgarden — I think he has everything he needs to get it done this year.

Dan Beaver: Robert Wickens – Has driven like anything except a rookie and his second-place finish at Phoenix proves he’s just as good on an oval as the road courses.

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