Indianapolis, IN (May 21, 2009) -- A short week ago on Friday, May 14th Davey Hamilton had a plan: Run as many laps as possible with various race day setups to prepare for the biggest race of his life, his 9th Indianapolis 500. Davey and the ...
Indianapolis, IN (May 21, 2009) -- A short week ago on Friday, May 14th Davey Hamilton had a plan: Run as many laps as possible with various race day setups to prepare for the biggest race of his life, his 9th Indianapolis 500.
Davey and the #44 Dreyer & Reinbold / Kingdom Racing Hewlett Packard "Touch the Future Now" Honda Dallara team ran over 50 laps and tried different race day variations. The next day, Davey sacrificed track time to assist fellow teammates Mike Conway, John Andretti and Milka Duno attempt to make their way into starting line-up as he did the previous weekend.
At the end of the Qualification Day 3, his teammates were in jeopardy of being bumped from the field on "Bump Day". On Sunday morning, Davey drove Milka Duno around the track in a pace car and coached her on improving her racing line. Milka found three miles an hour and safely re-entered the field early Sunday afternoon after being bumped out.
Next was assisting on Mike Conway's setup of which was compiled from Hamilton's best runs of the month. Conway qualified as one of the quickest of the day on Sunday and safely re-entered the field. Longtime friend and teammate John Andretti was bumped in and out of the field several times before turning in the "run of the day" five minutes before the final gun ended a most intense afternoon.
At the end of the day, Davey had turned an additional 40 laps over the entire weekend only to give unselfishly to his three teammates of time, advice, set-ups and invaluable support. Davey did as God would ask of us. And Davey acted as one who follows the Kingdom way of life. By giving unselfishly, a much greater reward will be received in His time.
Davey Hamilton is known for giving unto and sacrificing for the benefit of others. He has been given a second opportunity to not only walk again, but to run the Indy 500 for the third year in a row. He even mentors young Firestone Indy Lights driver Brandon Wagner, who qualified for his first Freedom 100 on Thursday. After a frustrating morning, Davey quelled Brandon's anxiety with his typical calm manner. Brandon will start 17th on the grid of 22 on Friday!