After stepping into the #18 Geico Dale Coyne Racing-Honda for the first time on the day after qualifying for the Indianapolis following Sebastien Bourdais’ crash, James Davison put in a strong performance to run towards the front, even leading for a couple of laps.
Unfortunately for the Australian, he and Oriol Servia collided on lap 183, starting a chain reaction that accounted for James Hinchcliffe, Will Power and Josef Newgarden, with Davison and Servia both left with a hugely damaged cars.
Despite this disappointment, Davison was delighted with his run with such a limited amount of time in the car, and even ran ahead of eventual race winner Takuma Sato, although he was unclear to just who was to blame for the incident with Servia.
“I am obviously very proud of the team for the strong run that we had,” said Davison. “In all honesty, I need to see a replay. I felt I was coming out of my steering and I got hit by (Oriol) Servia.
“It’s very frustrating for all of us, we all had good cars. I was racing those guys, I was ahead of (Takuma) Sato for a while. Yeah, he’s gone and won it, and that’s awesome for him.
“I did the best I could with the limited practice I had. I made a couple of mistakes here and there so sorry to any of the drivers that I may have upset. I just got a good restart and felt I got tagged, so I need to see a replay to see if that’s indeed the case.”
For Servia, it was more clear-cut, with the Spaniard laying the blame onto Davison’s shoulders, feeling the Australian gave him nowhere to go as they went around the turn.
“I was aggressive but clean all race,” said the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver. “When Davison was outside, he just closed, closed, closed on me and I had nowhere to go.
“I turned as much as I could. I was off the throttle. It just did one little move and we touched and that was it. It is what it is. You cannot go back in time, unfortunately.
“I’m just so pleased with the effort of everyone on the team. We never gave up at the beginning and we just had an amazing pace. I’ll be back. I’m going to win this race one day. I am.”