CHAMPCAR/CART: Townsend Bell gets fine, probation after Toronto

INDIANAPOLIS, (July 8, 2002) - CART FedEx Championship Series rookie Townsend Bell ( ...

INDIANAPOLIS, (July 8, 2002) - CART FedEx Championship Series rookie Townsend Bell (#20 Visteon Toyota/Reynard/Bridgestone) was fined $10,000 and placed on indefinite probation Monday for his part in a race incident during Sunday's Molson Indy Toronto.

Bell was involved in a incident on Lap 93 of Sunday's event at Toronto's Exhibition Place in which he made contact with the car of Bruno Junqueira (#4 Target Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone), damaging Junqueira's car and leaving him unable to continue. Bell was excluded from the remainder of the event by Chief Steward Wally Dallenbach after making it back to the pits, and received his further sanctions on Monday.

"I made a mistake," Bell said Monday. "I thought I could get through successfully, obviously I could not. Wally (Dallenbach) is the Chief Steward, he is the man in charge and I will abide by his decision."

Bell had previously been on probation for an incident in the season-opening Telmex/Tecate Grand Prix of Monterrey, but had been taken off of probation by Dallenbach after showing progress on the racetrack. Dallenbach also warned that this is the second strike against the former Dayton Indy Lights champion and that another incident could result in a suspension.

"Townsend Bell is an extremely capable race car driver that has made a mistake, and hopefully this ruling will help him focus his energies," said Dallenbach. "Many former CART champions have faced similar sanctions in their early years in the series and as Townsend has shown in winning the Indy Lights championship - he has the potential to turn this into a positive."

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