SCC: Daytona: Matt Bell race report

Bell Sixth in Camaro Debut at Daytona Daytona Beach, FL (28 January 2010) --Matt Bell got his 2010 GRAND-AM Continental Tire championship campaign off to a strong start on Friday with a run to fifth place in the Fresh From Florida 200 at ...

Bell Sixth in Camaro Debut at Daytona

Daytona Beach, FL (28 January 2010) --Matt Bell got his 2010 GRAND-AM Continental Tire championship campaign off to a strong start on Friday with a run to fifth place in the Fresh From Florida 200 at Daytona International Speedway. The 2.5-hour race was Bell's debut competition run with Stevenson Motorsports in the Riley Technologies-built Chevrolet Camaro GS.R that he co-drove with Jeff Bucknum.

Bell, who won the Daytona race last year, had his podium-aspirations dashed on Thursday as his top-ten qualifying time was disallowed when a measurement was found to be out of spec.

Undaunted, Bell started the Sunoco Fuels-blue No. 6 from the back of the field on Friday, which boasted 81 entries between the combined classes.

Even though he is still new to the Camaro, Bell made the most of his time behind the wheel to move his way up through the pack up into fourth position before turning the controls over to Bucknum, who brought the car across the line in fifth position.

"You never want to have to start from the back of the field, but I'll admit I had a lot of fun today making up all that ground," said Bell. "The Camaro is very heavy and of course that effects everything that you do with the car-braking-handling, and acceleration. So we know that some of the other cars are at a bit of an advantage at this track, but starting the year out in fifth is a solid first weekend for us. You always want to get back on the podium but we know we'll only be getting stronger as the year progresses."

Bell will put one Camaro debut in the rear view mirror and look ahead to another as he prepares to make his driving debut in the 48th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Saturday, driving another Camaro in his first Rolex Sports Car Series race start in the grueling twice around the clock classic.

-source: matt bell PR

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jeff Bucknum , Matt Bell
Teams Stevenson Motorsports