Talk About a Big Day--Bell Shines in Double-Duty Race Day at Miller Pole, Trueman Award, Leading Entire Stint...all in a day's work... Tooele, UT (11 September 2010) - Matt Bell had another outstanding day at the races on Saturday as he was ...
Talk About a Big Day--Bell Shines in Double-Duty Race Day at Miller
Pole, Trueman Award, Leading Entire Stint...all in a day's work...
Tooele, UT (11 September 2010) - Matt Bell had another outstanding day at the races on Saturday as he was successful in both GRAND-AM races he ran at Miller Motorsports Park to close out the 2010 season, moving with ease between the No. 6 Sunoco Fuels Camaro for Stevenson Motorsports in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge action and the No. 77 Ford-powered Dallara for Doran Racing in Daytona Prototype competition.
Bell started the day with a record-establishing run to the pole position for the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Miller 200, then changed focus for the first race of the day and the Utah 250 for the Rolex Sports Car Series season finale. Bell opened the 2.75-hour race from the fourth row and stayed in the thick of the battle through one pit stop and then one long driving stint before turning the car over to fellow young gun Dian von Moltke to take to the checkered flag.
The duo combined for a seventh place finish, the second-best result of the season for the No. 77 entry. Bell, who was making just his second Daytona Prototype start, went two for two as he once again was tabbed as the Jim Trueman Award winner in the post-race podium ceremonies.
"It's an honor to get that recognition and I'm really happy with how my race went today," said Bell about his third career Rolex Series start. "Thanks to Kevin Doran for inviting me back to drive his Dallara again. I was hoping we'd move further forward once the race started, but I know that these guys I'm racing against have been doing this for years and I was learning a lot every lap. I was really encouraged with the pace we had. Even though we didn't have too much track time this weekend, my confidence grew every session."
After a quick bite to eat following the end of the Rolex Series event, it was back to work for Bell as he took to the No. 6 Sunoco Fuels Camaro and led the field to the green for the second race of the day. Once again, he was in strong form, taking the green flag from the point and not relinquishing the lead until some 31 laps later when he came into the pits to turn the machine over to co-driver Jeff Bucknum, who brought the car home in 10th position.
"I lost ABS, so the car was very hard to drive for half my stint because the tires would lock up," said Bell, who had not let the setback keep him from making it look easy up front. "With the heat of the day and all the different rubber that is down, I knew the conditions were going to be trickier than they were this morning, and they were. But the car was still very good. I had to be careful on turn-in because I couldn't trail any braking into the corner or it'd just slide out from under me. It was great to run up front like we did and even though we didn't get the finish we were hoping for, we showed again that this Camaro can run up front. Stevenson had a Camaro in victory lane in the Rolex race and even though we didn't get it there tonight in the Continental Tire race, I think it won't be too long before that happens because this team is on the right track with this car and made a lot of progress this season."