SAM SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS PUTS ANOTHER PUZZLE PIECE IN PLACE INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Sam Schmidt Motorsports has announced today that it has signed James Davison of Australia to drive one of the team's Indy Pro Series machines in the 2008 ...
SAM SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS PUTS ANOTHER PUZZLE PIECE IN PLACE
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Sam Schmidt Motorsports has announced today that it has signed James Davison of Australia to drive one of the team's Indy Pro Series machines in the 2008 season.
Davison, 21, is coming off of a successful 2007 racing season in the Star Mazda Championship where he finished second in the final championship standings.
His accomplishments were rewarded by Sam Schmidt Motorsports in October when the team invited him to test in Sebring, Fla.
"From the beginning, we've been impressed with James," team owner Sam Schmidt said. "He's a very eager driver, and we'll do our best in providing him with the tools that he needs to take his career to the next step."
Along with the support that Davison has from his new team, he will also have support from his home country where he was recently one of four drivers named to the Australian Motor Sport Foundation's inaugural International Rising Star Program.
As a part of the program, he'll receive financial assistance as well as access to sports psychologists, physiologists, and other AMSF networks.
"This is an opportunity of a lifetime that I've worked very hard for," Davison said. "I'm joining the number one team in the Indy Pro Series, and I'm going to give it everything I've got."
Though he's never raced on an oval, Davison feels confident that his talent combined with the experience of his team will enable him to succeed.
"It's going to be a new experience, however, I know I have very good people behind me at Sam Schmidt Motorsports. I have high expectations for the season that I am determined to fulfill."
Davison has previously tasted success at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after winning in Formula BMW during the 2005 United States Grand Prix.
He is hoping to become only the second driver to win on the famed circuit's road course and oval configurations, and more importantly, to progress towards his ultimate goal of winning the Indianapolis 500.
Since beginning competition in the Indy Pro Series in 2003, Sam Schmidt Motorsports has become the dominating force having won three of the last four driver championships along with holding the series record for most wins (23).
The 2008 Indy Pro Series season kicks off its 16-race schedule on March 29th at the Homestead-Miami Speedway where the team will enter as defending race and series champions.