James Davison is a widely versed race car driver. The Australian is a five-time starter in the Indianapolis 500. He finished 12th just last year in it. He’s made seven NTT IndyCar Series starts overall. Davison, 33, has also make 10 starts in Atlantics, 12 in Star Mazda and 31 in Indy Lights.
But, he’s not just an Indy Car racer.
He’s ran sports cars in IMSA and the Pirelli World Challenge including three starts in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
Just in the past year, Davison has tried out USAC racing as he ran some Silver Crown races at the end of the 2019 season and then showing up at the Chili Bowl in a Midget this past January.
Now, he has a new role — NASCAR.
Yes, Davison has made some past NASCAR starts, but he did so in the Xfinity Series. Davison, has made four NXS starts, three of which at Road America and the other in Mid-Ohio. But, none of those have been since Aug. 2018.
On Sunday, Davison will make his Cup Series debut for Spire Motorsports in the No. 77 Chevrolet. He’ll do so at the Talladega Superspeedway. He’ll also have to do so without any practice too as NASCAR has eliminated the need for practice activity since the COVID-19 break.
So, imagine making your series debut in a top level of a sport without any practice time before. Imagine doing so with changes made to a rule package where it’s a big unknown for everyone. Imagine doing that at speeds near 200 mph, racing inches within 39 other cars in one big pack and having no past experience.
That’s what Davison is doing. Luckily, he has a ton of talent.