Stevenson Motorsports Signs Matt Bell for 2010 Grand-Am Campaign Daytona Beach, FL (9 January 2010) --Race fans who became accustomed to seeing Matt Bell sporting the yellow and blue of Turner Motorsport at the sharp end of the grid will have to...
Stevenson Motorsports Signs Matt Bell for 2010 Grand-Am Campaign
Daytona Beach, FL (9 January 2010) --Race fans who became accustomed to seeing Matt Bell sporting the yellow and blue of Turner Motorsport at the sharp end of the grid will have to adjust their sights in 2010, as the front-running young Californian will be carrying some iconic new colors in 2010 after being signed by Stevenson Motorsports.
Bell, who set record after record in Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition last year, will return to do battle in the GS Class for the 2010 season driving the Riley Technologies-built Chevrolet Camaro. The No. 6 machine sports the iconic Sunoco blue livery made famous by Penske Racing's Trans-Am campaigns.
It will be a busy start to the season for Bell, as he has also been drafted to make his Rolex Sports Car Series GT Class debut driving the Stevenson Chevrolet Camaro entry in the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Bell's break-out 2009 campaign, which saw him taking poles, setting track records and winning races in just his second year of Grand-Am competition, and first season in the top GS Class, closed out with Bell powering his car to third in the Championship. Bell knows that he'll have a lot to adjust to in 2010 as he moves to the Camaro platform, but he is firmly focused on making another strong run in the championship battle.
"It is a big change for me, but one that I am very excited about," said Bell. "This is going to be a new challenge to be driving the Camaro with a new team and a new teammate, but I know it's an important step for my career to be in a new environment and get the results that the team is expecting from me."
It wasn't just speed that Bell showed in 2009, as he also demonstrated his ability to adapt to different situations, sometimes qualifying the car and starting the race, and on other occasions driving to the checkered flag as he shared the driving duties with Boris Said, Bill Auberlen, and Don Salama.
Bell's professional racing experience has been centered around driving machines carrying BMW's Roundel, but will now focus on his new muscle machine with the Chevrolet Camaro. "There is no question that I've enjoyed racing BMWs, and it was the driving I did in BMW Club Racing that helped prepare me to race in Grand-Am," said Bell.
"But I think this Camaro is going to be very competitive, and a lot of fun to drive. The opportunity to race with a team like Stevenson is one that I'm thankful for. I'm really excited to get the chance to race a Camaro in the Continental Tire Series and to get my first Rolex 24 start in one as well. This is going to be a fun year, and I'm looking forward to getting things off to a strong start in both races at Daytona."
Bell will be in action this weekend as part of the "Roar Before the 24" at Daytona International Speedway January 8-10, with the Fresh From Florida 200 taking place on January 29, and the Rolex 24 at Daytona set to go green on January 30 at 3:30 PM.
-source: stevenson motorsports