Matt Bell Lime Rock Park Bound Podium Momentum as Camaro Debuts at LRP Lakeville, CT (26 May 2010) - Matt Bell will be back in GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge action this weekend at Lime Rock Park as the Series returns to...
Matt Bell Lime Rock Park Bound
Podium Momentum as Camaro Debuts at LRP
Lakeville, CT (26 May 2010) - Matt Bell will be back in GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge action this weekend at Lime Rock Park as the Series returns to Northwest Connecticut for the traditional Memorial Day weekend event.
Bell, who scored a front row starting spot on his way to another podium finish in the 2009 race at Lime Rock Park, will return to the recently-repaved track co-driving the iconic No. 6 Sunoco Fuels Chevrolet Camaro for Stevenson Motorsports with Jeff Bucknum.
After taking fifth in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, the duo broke through for a debut podium with the Camaro in the most recent round of racing at Virginia International Raceway. A strong stint in the opening stages saw Bell rally from deep in the field to move the car into podium position as Bucknum and Stevenson played the fuel strategy almost to perfection, coming home second at the flag.
The Lime Rock Park race, set for a 2:30 ET green flag on Saturday, will be the first Grand Sport (GS)-only race of the 2010 season. That will surely be a positive, as the 1.53-mile circuit is one that can get chocked with traffic in an eyeblink.
Stevenson Motorsports continues to make progress with the Riley Technologies-built machine, and the VIR podium result has Bell packing even more optimism ahead of the 2.5-hour race.
"We were optimistic about VIR because that was one track where the Camaro had raced before, so we had a good base for the weekend. It was great to be back up on the podium, and now we just want to build on that. Looking ahead to Lime Rock, we will definitely have a lot to learn this weekend," said Bell. "The Stevenson Motorsports guys have been working really hard since VIR. I'm cautiously optimistic that our platform will be stronger than it was at VIR."
The weekend, which sees the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Challenge event taking place on Saturday ahead of the ROLEX Sports Car Series race on Monday, boasts a compressed schedule. Bell and his squad will only see two practice sessions before taking to the track for qualifying on Friday, with no warm-up session scheduled ahead of the race start.
"From the fans point of view, the compact weekends are great in terms of seeing a lot of action in a short period of time. But for us trying to get the most out of a new car on a new track, we'd like to be here practicing all week!" said Bell with a smile. "So reliability will be that much more important this weekend. Every lap we have in practice will be one we can learn from, so we just have to get as much track time as we can to get the Sunoco Fuels car ready for this race."