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Cruz Racing in the News

[Indianapolis, Indiana] – The Cruz Associates logo was once again on the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As reported in Racer.com (http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/140967-davison-has-strong-500-run-despite-crash), Cruz’s favorite Australian, James “JD” Davison, received a late call-up to replace the injured Sebastien Bourdais at Dale Coyne Racing. Despite his last-row starting spot, a car that was built for a road course, and a two-year gap since his last IndyCar start, Davison was one of the race’s standouts:  He'd climbed to 16th by lap 69, and with the help of a switch in strategy, was running among the leaders during the final quarter of the race. Davison was the race leader for two laps until a late-race yellow flag brought the field into the pits.  On the ensuing restart, his charge came to an end when he made contact with Oriol Servia – a crash that ultimately spelled the end of the day for Will Power, James Hinchcliffe and Josef Newgarden as well.  From Davison's standpoint, the blame for the crash was shared equally between him and Servia.

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"It was a strong run," Davison told RACER. "We started [dead] last and led the Indianapolis 500, so that was pretty awesome.

"We ran a lot of downforce – I've had that experience in the past where I've always wished that I ran more downforce. The engineer concurred, and that's what we did. We improved the car as well – we actually trimmed some of the downforce out. We were just lacking a little bit of top speed, which I would put down to the road course car situation – it had a road course gearbox in there, and that was worth at least 4bhp."

"Exiting Turn, 1 Servia and I were pretty close, and it was probably a give-and-take deal there – I could have given him a bit more room, and he could have lifted," he said.

"But we knew that track position was so important, and selfishly we thought to ourselves that if we want to win it, it was now or never. We did the best we could. It's just a bummer that it ended the way it did. But I'm blessed to be here. I'm so happy for the opportunity, but equally disappointed that an opportunity for a top five was swept away."

Look for the Cruz logo in future Davison races.

 

About Cruz Associates, Inc.:

Cruz Associates, Inc. is a Small Business with over 190 employees located throughout the United States and Guam. Cruz provides ordnance operations, acquisition management, test and evaluation, energetics production, engineering and technical services and aviation lifecycle support to various Department of Defense customers.