Daytona: Bell Racing preview

Bell Racing Focused On Making Impact At Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (February 3, 2009) - - No one said it's going to be easy but determination equals success and the word success is exactly what newly formed Bell Racing Enterprises (BRE) is...

Bell Racing Focused On Making Impact At Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (February 3, 2009) - - No one said it's going to be easy but determination equals success and the word success is exactly what newly formed Bell Racing Enterprises (BRE) is looking for in Saturday's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona.

With driver Roger Carter II in the pilot's seat and veteran racer Carl Long calling the shots as crew chief, don't' be surprised if the Sherry Bell-owned No. 54 Dodge Charger sneaks through the pack and emerges as a contender in the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season opener.

"We like to think we have a chance of making some noise," said Carter, II who transforms from owner to driver this season. "Daytona is a magical place and the ARCA race sets the vibe for Speedweeks. We're optimistic about the race but proud to be a part of the action."

Bell Racing Enterprises officially started their 2009 season when the team entered the respected gates of Daytona International Speedway in December where the team participated in the open-test in preparation for perhaps the team's biggest challenge.

Comfortable with the results, Carter and Long hunkered down following the Holidays and began making changes to better its car and team in hopes of capturing a top-10 effort in the team's inaugural debut.

"This is an important race," mentioned Carter. "It sets the tone for the season. We have a pretty good car but we would like to have a little more speed. As a team we put our heads together and I think we've come up with some solutions that will make our No. 54 Evergreen Clean Energy Dodge Charger a much more competitive piece."

Never having the previous experience to compete in a stock car event at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, Carter isn't nervous or anxious but rather hopeful about his opening Daytona start. "The emotions are on the table, but when the green flag flies for the race, that's all gone. You have a job to do. Not only as a driver but as representative of the team. I don't want to disappoint my team or our sponsors, so my plan is to stay in the lead draft, avoid trouble and finish all 200 miles. If we are able to do that, hopefully the finish should be commendable."

For car owner Bell, she is already proud of her team's accomplishments but is vying for a chance to be the "Cinderella" story this weekend at Daytona. "Words cannot express how proud I am of my race team," Bell remarked. "There is an enormous amount of pressure for us to do well, but we're ready to handle it well in ARCA's premier event. We would be ecstatic with a top-15 finish on Saturday."

Evergreen Clean Energy, Kermit Broadcasting, Savannah River Club, Imagine Air, Carolina Speed, Carolina Auto Sport and Idaho Observer will join the team as sponsors for their first Daytona trip. "Even in tough times, we're proud and thankful to have the supporters and sponsors we have," commented Carter. "The best way to show them how we appreciate them is by bringing home a finish they can all be satisfied with."

-credit: bre

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Series ARCA
Drivers Carl Long , Roger Carter