With the excitement and anticipation at an all-time high going into today’s 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, a crash going in to turn 3 was not how the Belardi Auto Racing team wanted to finish out their month.
The race kicked off at 12:18 ET. and James Davison had all the confidence in the world in his No. 33 machine starting in 19th. On the very congested start, James was immediately caught in a traffic jam going into turn 1.
Safely making it through the first lap, James began to really try and feel his car out and see if it was the same as Carb Day; when he was quick. After losing a position and falling back to the 20th position James was able to ride around and maintain position.
After his first pit stop on lap 33, James went back out on track and knew something was wrong. The high heat of the day makes the oil on the racetrack come to the surface making conditions very difficult as the track become slick. Also an issue with an anti-roll bar, gave James quite the handful.
Trying to stay out of the way of faster cars, and wait until his next scheduled stop to make changes to the car, James was forced high so the faster cars could stay in the racing line. On lap 45, James was going into turn 3 when he was forced high by faster cars, and lost control of the car and ultimately ended up in the wall taking Takuma Sato with him.
“We had an anti-roll bar jam on the car, so I just couldn’t change the balance. I had to do the best with the adversity I faced, if I tried any harder I was going to swap ends. I was getting plenty of warning signs there, if I was anywhere close to another car I was getting huge wiggles and snap oversteer. I just really feel for Takuma getting caught up in that, that’s not at all the situation that you want to drag someone else in to. That’s the Indy 500 though isn’t it, I’m still very proud of this Foyt/Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi team for the adversity we overcame and at least showing some kind of competiveness there in the first stint.” – James Davison
The entire team hated to see this after working their butts off all week to get the car ready to qualify, in the show, and then fast on race day. Brian and the entire team are not discouraged by the incidents, but even more wanting to be in this event.
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About Belardi Auto Racing: Belardi Auto Racing is an organization comprised of experienced individuals in the racing industry with an aggressive growth strategy and a strong commitment to finishing up front. No stranger to winning, team members having been achieving success in both the amateur and pro ranks for over a decade, winning numerous junior formula car races and championships. Based in Brownsburg, IN, Belardi Auto Racing won the 2014 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship and has scored multiple races wins in both Indy Lights and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered By Mazda, including the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis and prestigious races like the Long Beach Grand Prix, the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the Toronto Indy and events at tracks such as the Milwaukee Mile, Pocono, Road America, Watkins Glen and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.