Matt Bell Ready to FIght Back at Homestead; Tough run at Daytona creates uphill climb for Bell ahead of round two
Homestead, FL (2 March 2011) --The worlds top athletes are known to use visualization techniques to help picture what they will do in order to achieve the maximum result. But no matter how Matt Bell might have pictured the opening round of the 2011 racing season, there was no way he envisioned what actually played out as he and co-driver John Edwards suffered a disappointing opening to the year.
After Bell scored fourth on the Daytona grid in qualifying, he launched towards the front in the early stages of the race,only to see a mechanical problem sideline the effort and force the duo to accept a 28th place finish. That result sets Bell deep in the points order for the ten-round championship.
"This is a tremendously competitive championship -- we saw that last year whenthe winnerwasn't decided until the very last lap of the season," said Bell, who finished third in the 2009 championship standings. "So while it's obviously disappointing tohave facedmechanical problemsat Daytona, there is still so much racing left to do this year. We also know we have the opportunity to make up ground and we just have to concentrate on that. The objective will be the same -- go out andwin as many pointseach race weekendas we can."
This GRAND-AM weekend will also see Bell fully focused on the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge effort, unlike Daytona where he was alsotabbed by Doran Racing to share the driving duties in the Daytona Prototype in the Rolex 24.
Bell had the opportunity to test the rapidly-evolving Chevrolet Camaro for Stevenson Motorsports in an open GRAND-AM test at Homestead-Miami Speedway late last year, and is eager to pick up where that test left off.
"Driving the Camaro at Homestead in December, it was almost like driving a completely different car than we had at this race last year," said Bell. "Stevenson has been amazing, pushing and developing this Camaro, and I expect that it will be even better this weekend. It's going to be a dogfight and we've got an uphill battle with the championship points, but I'm optimistic about our chances this weekend. We had a very solid car and great early race pace at Daytona, so hopefully we can build on that again at Homestead."