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James Davison
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HometownDenver, CO

Under the Helmet with JD Davison

James "JD" Davison was born in Melbourne, Australia and moved to the United States in 2005 to chase the American racing dream. His junior career "Road to Indy" highlights include a runner-up finish in the 2007 Pro Mazda and 2009 Indy Lights Championships respectively. In 2013 he made his IndyCar Series debut for Dale Coyne Racing at Mid Ohio and in 2014, 2015 and 2017 competed in the famed Indianapolis 500 mile race.

James' sportscar racing break came with TRG-Aston Martin Racing in 2014, scoring 4 straight IMSA GT Daytona GT3 Pole Positions. A record 5th Pole Position was scored at the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. Also in 2015, James began racing for the AE factory NISSAN GT Academy team in the Pirelli World Challenge GT3 Sprint Series, debuting the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in North America. The season was a success, all but winning the title after disqualification from a race victory due to a technical infraction.

James substituted for the injured Sebastien Bourdais at the 2017 Indy 500, starting 33rd and leading 2 laps. Whilst running in the top 6 in the final 20 laps of the race, he was involved in a multi car accident ending his day. James also competed for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, winning a stage race at Road America.

James' grandfather, Lex Davison, was 4 times winner of the Australian Grand Prix, competing against racing greats Bruce McLaren, Jim Clark and Graham Hill. Step-grandfather, Tony Gaze, was a WWII Spitfire ace and later went on to become the founder of motor racing at Goodwood and Australia's first Formula 1 driver.

Father, Jon Davison, drove in 9 Australian Grand Prix, finished runner up in the 1980 Gold Star Australian Driver's Championship and later became the Promotor of Sandown International Raceway from 1991 to 2007. James' cousins, Alex and Will Davison, are V8 Supercar drivers with Will winning the Bathurst 1000 in 2009 and 2016.

Racing Highlights


Verizon IndyCar Series - Dale Coyne Racing
20th (DNF) at Indianapolis 500 (Started 33rd and led laps - 5th driver in history)

NASCAR Xfinity Series - Joe Gibbs Racing
4th at Mid Ohio Sportscar Course
1st at Road America (Stage Race 1)

Pirelli World Challenge Championship - TRG Aston Martin Racing - Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (1 race)
2nd place at St. Petersburg


IMSA United Sportscar Championship - GT Daytona (Pro/Am) - TRG Aston Martin Racing (competed in 2 races)
Led Rolex 24 for 3rd consecutive year - Daytona International Speedway
3rd Place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Pirelli World Challenge Championship - AERNOW Replay XD NISSAN GT Academy - NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3 (competed in 18 of 20 races)
2 x 2nd Place at St Petersburg and Mosport Raceway

NASCAR Xfinity Series (debut) - King Autosport Chevrolet Camaro
19th place finish after hit out of 10th place at final corner.


IMSA United Sportscar Championship - GT Daytona (Pro/Am) - TRG Aston Martin Racing (partial season)
Pole Position at Rolex 24 - Daytona International Speedway
2nd Place at 12 hours of Sebring - Sebring International Raceway
2nd Place at Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

Pirelli World Challenge Championship - AE Replay XD NISSAN GT Academy - NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3
4th in Championship (Barber victory DQ cost 1st place position in Championship)
Pole Position, 1st Place at Barber Motorsports Park
1st Place at Road America
2 x 2nd Place at Road America
2 x 2nd Place at Mid Ohio (Fastest Lap Race 2)
2 x 2nd Place at Salt Lake City

Verizon IndyCar Series - Dale Coyne Racing - Dallara Honda Indycar
27th at the Indianapolis 500 (DNF: unsafe release pit incident).
4th, 4th & 11th in pre race practice sessions.


IMSA United Sportscar Championship - GT Daytona (Pro/Am) - TRG Aston Martin Racing
4x Pole Position (Road America, VIR, COTA, Road Atlanta - Petite Le Mans).

IMSA Continental Tire Series - TRG Aston Martin Racing
1st place at Kansas Speedway.

Verizon IndyCar Series - Always Evolving KV Racing Technology.
16th at Indianapolis 500 (debut).


Verizon IndyCar Series - Dale Coyne Racing.
15th at Mid Ohio (debut IndyCar race).
18th at Sonoma (contact with 3 laps to go whilst running 10th).

Bathurst 12 hour - Class B Porsche 997 GT3
Pole Position and led until car retiring with 2 hours remaining


Porsche Carrera Cup Australia debut - McElrae Racing.
4th at Australian Grand Prix (fastest lap in Race 3).


Debut V8 Supercar test with Ford Performance Racing.

Debut IndyCar test with Andretti Autosport.

Grand-Am Rolex Sportscar Series - Michael Shank Racing Daytona Prototype.
Led Laguna Seca race prior to retiring after tire blow out.


Grand-Am Rolex Sportscar Series debut - Starworks Motorsport Daytona Prototype.
3rd driver at the 6 hours of Watkins Glen (P2 in final practice and ran in 3rd whilst behind the wheel).


Indy Lights Championship - Vision Racing.
2nd in Championship. 1st at Mid Ohio, 2nd at Watkins Glen & Chicagoland Speedway, 3rd at Infineon Raceway. Pole Position at Watkins Glen, Mid Ohio and Homestead Miami Speedway.


Indy Lights Championship - Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Pole Position at Nashville SuperSpeedway, 1st at Mid Ohio, 2nd at Kentucky Speedway.


Star Mazda Championship - Velocity Motorsports.
2nd in Championship. 1st at Sebring Int. Raceway, Road America and Mosport Int. Raceway.


Champ Car Atlantic Championship - Walker Racing
7th at San Jose Grand Prix


Formula BMW USA Championship - HBR Motorsport.
Won at the United States Formula 1 Grand Prix at Indianapolis.


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