James Davison will return to Dale Coyne Racing for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 this month thanks to a new partnership with Rick Ware Racing and a reunion with BYRD and Belardi Auto Racing to run the #51 Jacob Construction entry.
Davison will be making his fourth appearance in a Dale Coyne Racing car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as he looks to make his sixth start on the 2.5-mile oval. In his most recent outing with the team, in 2019, Davison registered his best Indianapolis 500 finish, taking the checkered flag in 12th place.
“I am overjoyed to be returning to the Indy 500 with Dale Coyne Racing, Rick Ware Racing, BYRD and Belardi,” Davison said. “Last year we had a great run qualifying and finishing in the top half of the field, and we intend to replicate and improve on that. The Byrd family, Brian Belardi, and Dale Coyne have been loyal believers in me and have demonstrated that in a way for which I will forever be grateful, and I am excited to be able to now enjoy the support of Rick Ware Racing as well. While a lot will be different this year due to the unusual circumstances, it is still an exciting time to be involved in Indy car racing under the stewardship of the Penske Corporation and to have the opportunity to get on track next week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
The #51 Honda will feature the blue and white colors of primary sponsor Jacob Construction, a multifaceted construction firm with a focus on construction, development and technology services. Jacob provides clients with a wide range of services in the Design Build and Construction Management sectors of the construction industry. In conjunction with these services, Jacob self performs structural concrete, architectural and structural precast erection.
“James had great runs the last couple times he’s raced at the Indy 500 for us,” NTT INDYCAR SERIES team owner Dale Coyne. ‘He picked up his best finish last season and we look forward to seeing him build on that result this year. It’s also great to be continuing our partnership with BYRD and Belardi and we’re happy to be welcoming Rick Ware to the NTT IndyCar Series for his first Indy 500.”
The 2020 Indianapolis 500 will be BYRD Racing’s third time partnering with Dale Coyne (2016, 2019) and the second for Belardi Auto Racing (2019). While both teams will be making a return to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, this will be the first appearance for Rick Ware Racing who fields cars in NASCAR, IMSA and the Asian Le Mans Series.
Davison is no stranger to Rick Ware Racing for which he drives on a part time basis in the NASCAR Cup Series.
“It is not too often I get to experience a ‘first’ in motorsports. However, this year we not only won an International Championship, RWR will be entered into the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500,” said Rick Ware, owner of Rick Ware Racing. “This is definitely a bucket list item that I've had for a long time. I am excited to be partnered together with Dale Coyne Racing, BYRD Racing and Belardi to showcase our efforts.”