JAMES DAVISON JOINS STARWORKS FOR THE GLEN Talented Aussie racecar driver, James Davison, will make his debut in the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Watkins Glen International Raceway where he will co-drive the ...
JAMES DAVISON JOINS STARWORKS FOR THE GLEN
Talented Aussie racecar driver, James Davison, will make his debut in the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Watkins Glen International Raceway where he will co-drive the #8 Starworks Motorsports Corsa Car Care Dinan-BMW Riley with Ryan Dalziel and Mike Forest in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, June 4-5, 2010.
James Davison, 23, is a third generation racing driver from Melbourne, Australia. His father, Jon Davison, was a Formula 5000 racing driver and Grandfather, Lex Davison, was a four time winner of the Australian Grand Prix competing against racing greats Bruce McLaren and Graham Hill.
James was educated at Scotch College, one of Australia's most respected private boys schools and coxed the school's winning rowing crew at the "Head of the River." In 2004 whilst completing his final year of school, James continued the Davison dynasty starting his motor racing career in a State Formula Ford Championship in Australia. Racing against up to 35 competitors, James proved immediately competitive, earning a pole position and a win.
James competed in the 2005 Formula BMW USA Junior Series, qualifying on the front row at the Canadian F1 GP in Montreal and won at the US GP held at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Based on these performances, James became part of the Confederation of Australian Motorsport Elite Driver program which included attendance at the Australian Institute of Sport and financial support from the Foundation.
James moved up the ladder to the Star Mazda Championship where he proved to be an outstanding competitor, finishing 2nd in the Championship, earning 3 pole positions and 3 wins. As a result of his performances, James was acquired by the Championship winning Indy Lights team, Sam Schmidt Motorsports for the 2008 season. James qualified on the front row and led the Firestone Freedom 100 in support of the Indy 500, qualified on pole position at Nashville Superspeedway and won at Mid Ohio. He also received the Sunoco Most Improved Driver Award.
2009 was one of his best seasons so far when he raced for Vision Racing Indy Lights team and won the race at Mid-Ohio, scored 3 podium finishes, a pole at Watkins Glen and finished second in the season driver point standings.
James Davison is ready to drive a Daytona prototype in the Rolex Series at Watkins Glen, a track that he loves and where he started on the pole last year in Indy Lights.
"I really look forward to my debut with Starworks Motorsport in the Rolex Series," announced James Davison. "The teams and drivers in Grand Am are at a high level that I am eager to race against. I go into the Watkins Glen weekend with zero mileage in the car however I come off a strong run last year there earning the pole in Indy Lights having not tested there. This gives me confidence to get up to speed in the short time I have. Being paired with Ryan Dalziel and Mike Forest who are 2nd and 5th in the championship before Lime Rock gives me not only a great opportunity but a responsibility. I fully intend to perform well for the Starworks team to repay the faith they have shown in me," Davison continued. "My development has been toward the 'Road to Indy' finishing 2nd in the Star Mazda and Firestone Indy Lights Championship. The ceasing of full time racing operations for Vision Racing and a Snowboard injury delayed my move to the IndyCar Series so far this year however as a driver you must go where your career takes you sometimes. The Rolex 24 At Daytona and 6 hours of The Glen highly interest me and are prestige events I would like to win," added the young Australian.
Starworks Motorsport team owner, Peter Baron, is looking forward to welcoming James Davison. "I'm really excited to get James on board with us for the 6 Hours of The Glen," announced Baron. "We've tested quite a few Indy Lights drivers and have found the handling characteristics similar to a DP. While looking for a 3rd driver for the 6 Hours, James record stood clear above the rest. His first session ever at the Glen saw him fastest in the session for last year's Indy Lights race. He backed that up with a pole and a solid race result. Despite being new to sports car racing, he has really taken the time to understand the differences between Endurance and a 1 hour sprint race. He is very motivated to meet the objectives we have set out for him which balances the combination of speed and managing the race. Our goals are to move Ryan and Mike closer to the points lead, and we believe we have chosen the right man to help us," added Peter Baron.