By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
Three former starters of the Indianapolis 500 will compete in the Johnsonville 180 as James Davison will pilot the No. 18 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. Davison joins Conor Daly and Katherine Legge as road course ringers trading their tradition IndyCar or IMSA rides for a NASCAR Xfinity Series stockcar.
Davison will have Tilson Forest Hearing Cruz and Jonathon Byrd’s Hospitality and Restaurant Group as the primary sponsors of his Toyota Camry. The Melbourne, Australia native competed in 2018 Indianapolis 500 in the No. 33 Chevrolet, an entry that was co-owned by Byrd.
In NASCAR competition, Davison has three starts, two at Road America. His best finish was 19th in 2016 for Mario Gosselin’s DGM Racing. Davison’s best career Xfinity finish, fourth, came with JGR at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last year.
“I’m psyched to be rejoining Joe Gibbs Racing at Road America,” Davison said. “Last year we had a strong run end in misfortune. This year our objective is to turn performance into result. I’m excited to go get after it.”
To date, Joe Gibbs Racing has won six of the 22 Xfinity races this season. Four of those come from Xfinity regular Christopher Bell. Kyle Busch and Ryan Preece account for one victory each in the No. 18 Camry team. Those two victories have the No. 18 locked into the Playoffs for the Owner’s Points Championship. In the Owner’s Championship, the JGR No. 18 is 84-Points behind the Team Penske No. 22.
That team has also earned 11 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes. Busch is the only driver to earn a pole position in the No. 18 in the Xfinity Series this season.
Davison will have his hands full as he joins fellow road course ringers Andy Lally, Daly, Dylan Murcott, Legge, and Justin Marks.