Matt Bell Making Global Tuner Grand Prix Debut at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, CA (23 October 2010) - It might seem that after another impressive racing season that included a strong debut performance in the Rolex Sports Car Series ...
Matt Bell Making Global Tuner Grand Prix Debut at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Monterey, CA (23 October 2010) - It might seem that after another impressive racing season that included a strong debut performance in the Rolex Sports Car Series season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, breakthrough poles and runs in front of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge field with the Sunoco Fuels Camaro, and award-winning performances in this two first Daytona Prototype starts, Matt Bell might be settling in for the off-season and looking forward to next year. But the young Californian isn't done just yet.
This weekend, Bell will not only get the chance to experience a completely different kind of racing format, but he'll also get the chance to race at his home track Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, as he's been invited to race in the Global Tuner Grand Prix.
Bell is slated in compete in two of the three different categories set to run during the weekend, with the Tuner Grand Prix rules featuring a competition structure that has more of a feel of a qualifying run rather than a wheel to wheel race as he's run the last three seasons. But even if he's going one on one against the clock rather than a full field of competition, the change of format is something that Bell is looking forward to.
"I'm excited about this opportunity--Its going to be a completely different kind of racing for me, but I think it is going to be fun," said Bell, who has shown pace in qualifying with scores of poles and track records in GRAND-AM competition. "They first contacted me because they had seen me run in the rain and with the forecast for the weekend, the team figured that I could help them even if the weather wasn't ideal. But no matter what happens with the rain, it is going to be fun to get into some new cars, and to be in the Global Tuner paddock. There is a tremendous amount of passion there, and some incredible cars as well so it should be fun."
The weekend also gives Bell a shot at some small redemption on the famed Monterey track after his most recent GRAND-AM appearance saw him bolt to the lead, only to be let down by a motor failure, keeping him from a much-anticipated home win.
"We had a lot of friends and family and sponsors for that race, so it really stung when we lost the motor," said Bell. "So hopefully we can have a little bit better result this weekend! I'm hoping to learn a lot, have some fun, and be as competitive as I possibly can be my first time out."
Bell will take to the track with BRRacing with a high-horspower version of the BMW 135i.