Matt Bell Takes Continental Tire Challenge Pole at Miller Tooele, UT (11 September 2010) - Matt Bell got his busy double-race-day off to a fast start on Saturday as he established a new GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge track...
Matt Bell Takes Continental Tire Challenge Pole at Miller
Tooele, UT (11 September 2010) - Matt Bell got his busy double-race-day off to a fast start on Saturday as he established a new GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge track record in qualifying with a run to pole position at Miller Motorsports Park. Driving the No. 6 Sunoco Fuels Camaro for Stevenson Motorsports, Bell scorched the 2.048-mile circuit in just 2:03.382 seconds to take the point for Saturday's Miller 200.
Before he paces the huge combined GS and ST class field, he'll be strapping back into the No. 77 Ford-powered Dallara for Doran Racing in Daytona Prototype action for the season-ending GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Miller 250 after taking a spot on the fourth row in qualifying on Friday.
The morning qualifying session was a jacket-wearing affair, as temps failed to quite break the 50 degree mark by the time that the 15-minute session took the green flag. But that was just fine for Bell, who made the most of the conditions to score his second pole of the season.
"This Camaro really loves the cold weather, and it gives this 6.2-liter CRD motor the chance to really breathe out there!" said Bell. "Stevenson Motorsports had a perfect set-up for the car this morning so I'm really happy to start the day out on pole. It could be a challenge in the race because we'll have three different kinds of rubber down by the time the Continental Tire race starts, and of course we expect it to warm up a lot so that might not really the best conditions for the Camaro. But we are starting up front and hopefully we can put this track position up front to good use. I'm really happy to have the Stevenson car up front for all the guys hard work all year long. Hopefully we can close out with a good result int the race as well."