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James Davison to drive third Dale Coyne entry in Indy 500

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Dale Coyne Racing will field a third entry in the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, it was announced on Friday. His entry will be in partnership with Jonathan Byrd Racing, Hollinger Motorsport and Belardi Auto Racing.

This will mark Davison’s fifth start in the Indy 500 with his best finish coming in 2014. He finished 16th after starting 28th competing for KV Racing.

He will join full-time drivers Sebastien Bourdais and rookie Santino Ferrucci for this year’s race.

“I’m enraptured to be rejoining Dale Coyne Racing with Byrd, Hollinger, Belardi,” said Davison in a release. “Dale’s team is special in many ways and I have fond memories driving the #18 and #19 cars at the 500 in the past. We endeavor to recreate our prior success together and can’t wait to get after it.”

Davison’s last start with Dale Coyne came in the 2017 Indy 500 as a replacement driver for Bourdais. He led two laps and was running fifth before getting caught up in a multi-car crash. He finished 20th, 17 laps short of the finish. Davison also sustained crash damage in the 2015 and 2018 races.

“We’re very excited to have James come back to the team for the Indianapolis 500,” said Team Owner Dale Coyne. “He stepped in last minute for us with hardly any practice as a substitute driver to Sebastien (Bourdais) a couple of years ago and did a great job under the circumstances and showed he has the speed to run with the best of them. We’re also happy to be partnering once again with the Byrd family who have a long history with the Indy 500, as well as Hollinger MotorSport, and we look forward to working with Brian Belardi and his team.”