INDIANAPOLIS -- Dale Coyne Racing announced Sunday that James Davison would be replacing Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 18 car for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.
Bourdais suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip during a crash on the third lap of his qualification run for the Indianapolis 500 Saturday afternoon. He had just completed two laps at over 231 miles per hour - the fastest of the day - when he made hard contact the Turn 2 SAFER barrier.
Davison, a 30-year-old Australian, has competed in two previous Indy 500 races in 2014 and 2015 but has not competed in an IndyCar race since his 2015 Indy 500 run.
“My thoughts are with Sebastien and (wife) Claire Bourdais,” said Davison. “This is never the circumstance that a driver wants to secure an opportunity to drive in the Indianapolis 500. With that said, I’m extremely excited and ready to take on this challenge. The prime goal will be to secure a strong result for the team, Sebastien and all our sponsors. I can’t wait to get started.”