TOWNSEND BELL TO JOIN MILKA DUNO AT DREYER & REINBOLD SEBRING, Fla. -- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has announced today that it has signed IndyCar Series veteran driver Townsend Bell to share a car with Milka Duno in selected races for the 2008...
TOWNSEND BELL TO JOIN MILKA DUNO AT DREYER & REINBOLD
SEBRING, Fla. -- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has announced today that it has signed IndyCar Series veteran driver Townsend Bell to share a car with Milka Duno in selected races for the 2008 racing season, including May where they will each be entered in the Indianapolis 500.
Bell, 32, hasn't been in the IndyCar Series since the 2006 Indianapolis 500. Thus, he is antsy to get back into the cockpit.
"I'm ready to get going," Bell said. "I'm excited to be joining Dreyer and Reinbold Racing. They're a fun group of guys who are passionate about putting a quality product out on the race track. They're a growing team, and I'm eager to help guide everyone towards the front of the grid.
Bell's first race for the Dreyer & Reinbold team will be at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on April 6th. In the meantime, he will be able to get into the car today at the Sebring International Raceway to become acclimated with his new surroundings.
"Townsend fits right into the Dreyer and Reinbold mold," team co-owner Dennis Reinbold said. "We've seen what he's done in the past in this series, and we're excited to see him in one of our race cars for this year.
"We're confident that we're making great strides with our race team. To bring in someone like Townsend allows us to gather information from an experienced driver, and at the same time, he can help share information with Milka and help her continue to improve and gain."
Bell has a total of 23 starts in Indy car racing. In 2002, driving for Patrick Racing, he earned his best career finish of fourth in the G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland. His best IndyCar Series finish came in 2004 when he finished fifth at the Firestone Indy 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway with Panther Racing.
Besides his experience in Indy car racing, Bell's resume includes the 2001 Indy Lights championship title where he dominated the series winning half the races that year. His closest competitor in the final standings was Dan Wheldon -- winner of the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series championship.
The Indy Lights title is the same honor earned by Dreyer & Reinbold Racing co-owner Robbie Buhl, who won in 1992.
With this puzzle piece in place, the team now shifts its focus into finalizing the details of the team's second car.
Buddy Rice has participated in pre-season testing with the team in the #15 Dreyer & Reinbold entry, but final plans for the car are still in the works.