Sebring: Velocity Motorsports race notes

JAMES DAVISON DOMINATES AT SEBRING SEBRING, FLORIDA - The season-opening race of the Star Mazda Championship Series at Sebring International Raceway has been won by James Davison, 20, of Melbourne Australia, in his ...

JAMES DAVISON DOMINATES AT SEBRING

SEBRING, FLORIDA - The season-opening race of the Star Mazda Championship Series at Sebring International Raceway has been won by James Davison, 20, of Melbourne Australia, in his #7 Star Mazda of Velocity Motorsports. He delivered a spectacular and dramatic win in the rain - by nearly 35 car lengths - six-seconds ahead of the field.

James Davison on the Podium at Sebring

James Davison is a rising star in motor racing, demonstrating clear championship character both on and off the track. He is the son of Jon Davison, a racer and track promoter in Australia; and he is the grandson of the late Australian racing legend Lex Davison, a four-time champion of the Australian Grand Prix.

Davison's teammate, Jamie Morrow, 26, of London, England started 23rd on the grid and gained eight positions to finish 15th in his #77 Star Mazda of Velocity Motorsports. The race was Morrow's first-ever drive in the Star Mazda cars.

After arriving from London and less than eight hours after arriving at the track, Morrow was delivering impressive laps in practice and qualifying. "The Velocity cars are quite stable and the team is great to work with. In such a short race we gained several positions, and the rain worked to my advantage as it's a track condition I'm quite comfortable with," Morrow said.

Price Cobb is Director of Race Operations for the Prospect Hill, NC based Velocity Motorsports. Cobb said, "The team has spent the better part of the winter preparing for this season opener in Sebring. This is an important event for us, and it's among the most challenging of all courses this season."

When it comes to drivers, Price Cobb is not easily impressed - himself a world champion and winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But Cobb sees championship potential in the youthful and handsome James Davison, saying "James came to us looking to continue his climb to stardom in American racing. We had the opportunity to test James in wet and dry conditions giving us ample indication of what he was capable of."

"Once in Sebring James made no mistakes, quickly finding his way around the circuit while becoming comfortable with the team and car. He topped the timing charts until just getting pipped on the last lap in qualifying. James was simply spectacular in the race. He quite simply dominated the race finishing some 6 seconds in the lead. This is a perfect start to our 2007 year!" Cobb said.

Price Cobb was pleased with Jamie Morrow's quick adaptation to the cars, saying, "It's hard to believe that this young man could jump onto an airplane and arrive here as tired and flat worn out as he was, and then perform at all, much less at the level he did."

It isn't often that Velocity would enter a new driver directly into a race without some testing and seat time prior to the event, but we all felt that missing Sebring for any reason would be a bad choice in the long run.

We are really excited about Jamie having an opportunity to spend some more time with the car and get to know it. His data shows a supremely smooth confident driver just waiting to bust out." Jamie is a great addition to our team. A one-two knockout!

After declaring Davison the winner and presenting him the victory and a bonus check on the podium in victory lane, the Star Mazda series chief steward assessed a two-position penalty to Davison for passing two cars under a yellow flag. But Velocity Motorsports and other video shows Davison retook his position ahead of the two cars after they passed him, and Velocity has lodged a formal protest to appeal the penalty with the series and sanctioning body with very strong evidence.

-credit: vm

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Price Cobb , James Davison