Could James Davison Race for Richard Childress in the Daytona 500?

In an interview with, James Davison announced he will attempt to make the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 in 2020, the first driver to do so since Danica Patrick completed the task in 2018.

It was rumored that James Davison was to race for Rick Ware Racing in the Daytona 500, but soon after the story being published, owner Rick Ware confirmed that James Davison was not to race in a RWR Chevrolet for the team.

Since the announcement in early December of 2019, there has been no new rumored teams to possibly field a car for him in 2020, until now.

Davison is partnering with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and Hayward Motorsports to complete the double. Jonathan Byrd Racing being a long time car owner in the NTTS Indy car series, and Hayward Motorsports being a long time owner in USAC Midget race cars.

Davison raced last weekend in his very first USAC Midget race at the Chili Bowl in Tulsa, OK for Hayward Motorsports. Davison had a lack luster performance throughout the week at the Chili Bowl.

“I gave it my best shot with the experience I had, which was just zero. Absolutely zero. It’s so tough, because if you’re not particularly competitive, you get penalized more because you don’t get more laps and experience. I did the least amount of laps of anyone because of that. Bottom line: I need to get more experience on dirt.” Davison told Autoweek.

Back to the NASCAR side of things, with Daniel Saurez expecting to announce that he will be going to Gaunt Brothers Racing in 2020, that will leave the third car at Richard Childress Racing open for a driver in the Daytona 500 in which Saurez was expected to race.

In 2017 USAC team, Hayward Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing announced a formal partnership.

“It’s important for our race team to align with a grassroots racing organization like Hayward Motorsports and develop young drivers and crew members,” said Richard Childress, in an interview with NBC Sports in December of 2017. “This partnership will be a great opportunity to continue our developmental program and invest in a race team that are proven winners.”

If this partnership comes to fruition for the Daytona 500, expect an announcement within the coming week. Jonathan Byrd Racing owner, Jonathan Byrd, mentioned at the Chili Bowl that agreements have been set and will be disclosed soon.