Forgive Anthony Davidson for being a little rusty behind the wheel.

It was just seven months ago that Davidson broke two vertebrae in his lower back in a horrific crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Englishman spent four days in a French hospital, six weeks in a full-body cast, another two weeks in a soft shell and then months recovering and rehabbing.

He made his return in the Rolex 24 at Daytona — and things went better than he anticipated.

Davidson drove five mostly trouble-free stints in the twice-around-the-clock endurance race. His 8 Star Motorsports team was poised to finish well behind the leaders in the Daytona Prototype class. But for Davidson, being back in the car overshadowed being in the back of the field.