News Davison to run third Foyt car at Indy 500

02:10  14 april  2018
02:10  14 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

A.J. Foyt briefly hospitalized after attack of killer bees

  A.J. Foyt briefly hospitalized after attack of killer bees <p>Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt was briefly hospitalized after an attack of Africanized killer bees he encountered while working on his ranch.</p>Wednesday's attack was the second time the 83-year-old has disturbed beehives while working on his bulldozer. He sustained over 200 stings to his head alone in a 2005 bee attack.

His only previous Indy car victory was in 2013 with AJ Foyt Racing on the streets of Long Beach at Indy for the third time - making him one of seven drivers with three Indianapolis 500 runner -up The final caution flag waved on Lap 184 when the cars of James Davison and Oriol Servia touched in

Davison last raced an Indy car with Coyne at the " 500 " in 2015, and has made all but one of his previous starts with the Illinois-based team. AJ Foyt Racing's Conor Daly (No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet) posted the fastest four-lap average of the day on his run , with an average of 226.439 mph.

James Davison, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota© Brett Moist / LAT Images James Davison, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

AJ Foyt Racing has announced James Davison will run this year’s Indy 500 in partnership with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, Hollinger MotorSport and Belardi Auto Racing.

It will be Davison’s fourth attempt at Indy, but his first full two-week program. Last year, he substituted for Sebastien Bourdais in the Dale Coyne Racing #18 and appeared he was heading for a top-five finish when he collided with Oriol Servia in the closing stages.

David Byrd, one of the principals of Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, said of AJ Foyt Racing: “Based on what we have seen so far this season, AJ and Larry and everybody here have things on the right track, and we can’t wait to see what the month of May brings.

A.J. Foyt survives second killer bee attack; kills them with fire

  A.J. Foyt survives second killer bee attack; kills them with fire Foyt was attacked the first time in August 2005 and was stung more than 200 times. This recent attack, according to the release, was “more severe, and more dangerous because he had been sensitized to bee stings from his first encounter.”Foyt said he refused to return home Thursday until the bees were dealt with, so he "got 15 gallons of diesel fuel and dropped it and set those bastards on fire.""I felt a lot better after that," he said.

It was Team Penske's 15th Indy car season championship, and third in four years. " Davison to sub for Bourdais in Indy 500 ". Racer.com. "Lazier confirms Indy 500 run after son's USF2000 debut". Racer.com. "Zach Veach's Indy 500 Debut Confirmed with Foyt ".

A deal for Davison to race in the 500 is expected to be announced as soon as Wednesday. “It’s a fantastic feeling to be back in an Indy car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” he said. » AJ Foyt to miss Sebring 12Hr after killer bee attack.

Byrd first partnered with Foyt back in 1994 to run John Andretti, but it will mark renowned Indy Lights team Belardi Auto Racing’s first entry in IndyCar, having twice won the Lights’ Freedom 100 at IMS.

Hollinger backed Davison’s last-minute entry last year.

Said Davison: “I’m happy to be joining with Byrd, Hollinger and Belardi for this entry,” said Larry Foyt. “They have worked to ensure we will have the resources for a strong program. James has shown he can do a good job at Indianapolis and I think this entry will be a great addition to this year’s 500.

Steve Moore will be team facilitator for the extra entry and Kyle Brannan will be race engineer.

Familiar faces, fond farewells, bumping headline Indy lineup .
The throwback month is in full swing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Danica Patrick started tuning up for her final race on the historic 2.5-mile oval more than a week ago. Helio Castroneves has been peppered with questions about becoming the fourth four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.The seemingly indestructible A.J. Foyt came back less than two months after surviving a second bout with killer bees. Even real, live bumping should be on the qualifying weekend docket.For race organizers it's a dream script: Familiar faces, fond farewells and a return to traditions with a whole new look.

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