Tim Bell Aiming High at Homestead; Looking to put previous experience to good use
MIAMI (2 March 2011) -- Making his first-ever pro racing start at one of the most iconic tracks in the sport, Tim Bell impressed with his poise, pace and performance last month at Daytona International Speedway. The California youngster will bring that confidence-building experience with him this week as he heads back to Florida for the Kia 200 and round two of the 2011 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge championship.
Bell made quite the impression at the prestigious track with a top-10 qualifying effort to start ninth on the GRAND-AM 200 Street Tuner grid. Through the beginning stages of the race, Bell had a thrilling run toward the front of the field, but a hit from behind forced the No.14 machine to the pits for an extended pit stop. In a race that promised a strong result early on for Bell and co-driver BJ Zacharias, the Doran Racing squad team had to settle for a 16th place result.
As Bell prepares for his second GRAND-AM start this Saturday (SPEED, March 19 2:00 PM ET), he is ready to tackle what is considered to be one of the more challenging tracks on the GRAND-AM circuit.
Bell has a lot to take in this year as he learns the nuances of endurance racing, his competition, the tracks and his BMW 128i machine. But his official Homestead-Miami Speedway race debut will at least see him benefit from some previous experience on the 2.3-mile circuit as Bell tested the BMW for Doran Racing in December.
"I'm eager to get back down to Homestead and get the weekend going," said Bell. "It's great to already have experience not only at Homestead, but also with this car, so I'm feeling good about the weekend. I learned a lot at Daytona, but I'll admit it didn't end up like we wanted. It would be great to get a little bit of redemption with a better result.Things were going to plan at Daytona and hopefully, if we just use the same playbook and avoid any bad luck, we can make up for it this weekend."
In looking for a strong result in the Kia 200, Bell will continue his campaign for the 2011 MESCO Rookie of the Year award.