Schmidt tabs Davison as second driver
Australian James Davison has signed with Sam Schmidt Motorsports and will compete in the Indy Pro Series during the 2008 season.
The 21-year-old Davison finished second in the Star Mazda Championship in 2007, winning a race at the famed Mosport circuit in Canada. His accomplishments were rewarded by Sam Schmidt Motorsports in October when the team invited him to test in Sebring, Fla.
"From the beginning, we've been impressed with James," team owner Sam Schmidt said. "He's a very eager driver, and we'll do our best in providing him with the tools that he needs to take his career to the next step."
"This is an opportunity of a lifetime that I've worked very hard for," Davison said. "I'm joining the number one team in the Indy Pro Series, and I'm going to give it everything I've got."
Davison has raced in Champ Car Atlantic, Formula BMW, Formula Ford, and in karts in both the Unites States and Australia. His proudest racing moment to date was winning the Formula BMW race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 2005 United States Grand Prix.
He said he hopes to join 2007 Indy Pro Series champion Alex Lloyd as a winner on the famed circuit's road course and oval, and more importantly, to progress towards his ultimate goal of winning the Indianapolis 500.
"It's going to be a new experience (to race in an oval-based series)," he said. "However, I know I have very good people behind me at Sam Schmidt Motorsports. I have high expectations for the season that I am determined to fill."
Davison joins Ana Beatriz as drivers for the team that has won two entrant championships in the Indy Pro Series.