St. Pete: Jame Davison summary

Competitive but no luck for Davison in Florida Australian Motorsport Foundation (AMSF) International Rising Star, James Davison started the 2008 Firestone Indy Lights Championship with top three pace but without result. The season opening...

Competitive but no luck for Davison in Florida

Australian Motorsport Foundation (AMSF) International Rising Star, James Davison started the 2008 Firestone Indy Lights Championship with top three pace but without result. The season opening race at Homestead Miami Speedway saw Davison qualify his No. 11 LifeLock/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara 7th, less than a tenth off 3rd position. Unfortunately Davison was involved in another drivers incident in the race and had to affect a pit stop, eventually finishing 21st 6 laps down.

Immediately following the opening race at Homestead, all teams proceeded to an official Indy Lights sanctioned test at Sebring ahead of the second race the following weekend on the streets of St. Petersburg. Determined to put the disappointment of Homestead behind him, Davison ended 3rd fastest behind double race Indy Lights winners Rafael Matos and Richard Antinucci.

Qualifying at St. Petersburg saw Davison battle with teammate Antinucci at the top of the timesheets until mid way through the session the car of Dillon Battistini running off pace interfered with Davison resulting in contact. James was forced to sit out the final 10 minutes of qualifying where he was bumped from P2 to P7. Later Battistini was penalized for qualifying interference.

With qualifying being crucial on a street circuit, Race 1 saw Davison being held up for half the race by a slower car. On lap 23 James made a move on Andrew Prendeville but came under attack from Arie Luyendyk Jr. As Davison attempted to hold position he was given a drive through penalty for defensive driving, ending his race in 13th.

With the results of Race 1 determining the grid for Race 2, Davison starting from the 7th row made a good start passing two cars on the opening lap, only to arrive into turn 4 where a multi car accident blocked the track leaving James with no where to go. Sustaining damage, Davison limped back to the pits where the Sam Schmidt Motorsports crew effected repairs, but ended any chance of a result.

Davison said "Although the results to date are disappointing I have proven I have the speed to be in the top three, the results will follow. I am with a fantastic team in Sam Schmidt Motorsports, they are behind me." An official Firestone Indy Lights test will be held at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Friday, 11th April ahead of Round 4 at Kansas Speedway on April 27th.

-credit: jd

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Andrew Prendeville , Richard Antinucci , Dillon Battistini , Arie Luyendyk Jr.