James Davison gets Xfinity drive with Joe Gibbs Racing
Australian competitor who competed in Indianapolis 500 last May set to make his second NASCAR XFINITY Series start.
For the second straight year Melbourne, Australia native James Davison will compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Joe Gibbs Racing announced they will have Davison to pilot the No. 20 Toyota Camry at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 12 and Road America on August 27.
Davison first competed in NASCAR last year driving for Mario Gosselin at Road America finishing 19th in his only other NASCAR start. He ran as high as seventh before being involved in a late-race incident put him back in the field.
Davison comes from a racing family and has raced across multiple platforms, including IndyCar, IMSA SportsCar Championship Series, Grand-Am Rolex SportsCar Series and Pirelli World Challenge.
Most recently, Davison filled in for the injured Sebastian Bourdais in the Indianapolis 500 in May leading two laps before an on-track incident caused him to finish the race in the 20th position.
“I'm excited to wheel the No. 20 for Joe Gibbs Racing at Mid-Ohio and Road America,” said Davison. “The team's level of professionalism has been fantastic to be a part of and I look forward to getting down to business.”
Thirty-year-old Davison will look to become the fourth different winner in the No. 20 Camry this season with Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones and Ryan Preece each visiting Victory Lane with the 20 team so far this year.
Davison has previously competed at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the Indy Lights Championship Series, earning two wins, a seventh-place finish, a pole starting position and led 41 laps. He made his IndyCar Series debut at the track in 2013 where he finished a solid 15th.
“James has an impressive road course resume,” said Steve deSouza, Executive Vice President of XFINITY and Development for Joe Gibbs Racing. “We look forward to having him in the No. 20 Camry for Mid-Ohio and Road America and adding to his already impressive stats at both road courses.”
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