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Australian James Davison uninjured as car hits wall hard at Indy

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For the second straight day of practice for the Indianapolis 500, a car made contact with the outside wall at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This time, James Davison, who has struggled to gain and keep consistent speed, lost control of his car coming out of Turn 2, spun and hit the wall hard on the left side.

Davison extricated himself out of the car and walked under his own power to the waiting rescue squad to take him to the infield medical center.

“I felt absolutely nothing and then I was backwards,” Davison said after being medically cleared and released. “That was definitely a new experience for me here at Indy or driving on ovals, in general.

“I guess I became one of the drivers to slam the wall at Indianapolis, so I joined the club today. It’s not ideal, but we had to try some things. We were 32nd quickest, right on the bubble, and we’re not going to go faster just looking at it.

“We’ll regroup, see what we can pull out of the bag tomorrow and give it everything again.”

Davison had just ran a lap of 224.405 mph in his No. 33 Foyt with Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi Chevrolet prior to the incident. His car suffered extensive left side damage and it’s unclear if he’ll have to go to a backup car for Saturday’s and Sunday’s qualifying sessions.

“It’s just too early for me to tell,” Davison said. “From the damage I saw, I didn’t see the tub was hurt. I think the biggest thing you hope for is the gear box isn’t (damaged), because generally the back-up stuff isn’t going to be as good or fast. We’ll just have to have a look and go from there.”

The 31-year-old Australian has competed in the last three Indy 500s, finishing 16th in 2014, 27th in 2015 and 20th last year, filling in for Sebastien Bourdais, who broke his hip and pelvis during qualifying for last year’s race.

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Dan Ticktum wins crash-marred FIA F3 World Cup in Macau
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Overshadowed by a horrific crash involving Sophia Floersch was the fact that 19-year-old Dan Ticktum dominated and won the Macau Grand Prix – a victory that puts him closer to earning the superlicence required to allow him to race with Formula 1, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Ticktum won Macau’s qualification race as well as the Grand Prix, starting first in both events. For his victories, he earned 10 points, which combined with 25 for his runner-up finish in the European F3 Championship leaves him just five below the 40 needed for the license.

This was Ticktum’s second Macau Grand Prix victory.

“It was a dominant performance that I was preparing for,” Ticktum said on his web site. “I don’t think I’ve ever prepared as hard as I did for this race and it all worked out. In the final race a lot of variables were thrown at me but I handled them.”

On his way to victory lane, Ticktum had to survive several restarts including the lengthy red flag period following Floersch’s accident to repair the barrier.

“I can’t count how many safety car restarts we had to do,” Ticktum said. “It puts a lot of pressure on a driver here with such a long run down to the first corner. I can’t remember a weekend when I’ve put it all together so well.

“The car was absolutely perfect all weekend, it was so good and I can’t thank Motopark enough for that. I’ve never been so involved in the set-up, felt so at one with the car as I did this weekend.”