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James Davison is the replacement driver for Sebastian Bourdais at Dayle Coyne Racing in the Indianapolis 500.

The Melbourne driver has been named by the team to take over the #18 Dallara-Honda for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing and is expected to take to the track on Monday US time, after missing Qualifying.

The Coyne team is currently in the process of rebuilding its spare car, which was in road-racing trim for last week’s Indianapolis GP road course race, to replace the one destroyed in Bourdais’s 370km/h crash.

“This is never the circumstance that a driver wants to secure an opportunity to drive in the Indianapolis 500,” Davison said.

“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.”

Davison, 30, has made two starts at the Brickyard, most recently with Coyne in 2015. He started 33rd and last in a car qualified by Tristian Vautier and finished 16th.

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