Mosport: Justin Bell preview

Justin Bell put the 2002 Trans-Am Series competition on notice at the season opener in Long Beach, CA; Never count the lad out. After the heated on-track shoving match on the final lap of the Johnson Controls 100, Justin Bell is ready to reassert...

Justin Bell put the 2002 Trans-Am Series competition on notice at the season opener in Long Beach, CA; Never count the lad out. After the heated on-track shoving match on the final lap of the Johnson Controls 100, Justin Bell is ready to reassert his winning reputation in the #40 XtremeLens/Starcashonline Chevrolet Corvette at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada on May 18.

During Round One of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Cup, Bell steadily worked through the field. In the final turns, there were four lead changes between three drivers, including Bell. The #33 car made contact with the rear of Justin's car, causing him to spin. Bell gathered the car up for an 8th place finish.

"Mosport is critical to our championship effort," explained Bell. "At Long Beach, it turned out to be an all-or-nothing scenario. I had to go for the win and not think about the points. Now, we are focused on the championship title. Every move, every position, every finish is critical to our success. There is no margin for error from now on."

Jim Derhaag has not been sitting on his hands since Long Beach either.

"We just got back from the wind tunnel and we have found that the Jaguar's bodywork had an aerodynamic advantage over the Corvette's," said Jim. "The sanctioning body has responded appropriately and new rules will help achieve parity once again. These changes coupled with our ongoing engine development program as well as our cohesive team unit set the stage for both Justin Bell and Simon Gregg to succeed at Mosport and Lime Rock."

Bell's 2001 performance at Mosport was strong, in spite of the outcome. It was only his third outing in Trans-Am. After qualifying 7th, Bell moved up to 3rd and was making a move for 2nd place. With only two laps to go, Bell cut a tire and had to make an unplanned pit stop for the tire change. He finished 14th.

Bell Welcomes New Event Sponsor

Starcashonline joins Justin Bell Racing as co-title sponsor for the #40 Corvette at Mosport. Starcashonline is a Boca Raton-based company which provides payment advances for working Canadians throughout Ontario.

XtremeLens will also be a featured marketing partner for the event. Steele Technologies develops interactive multimedia products and services for the sports entertainment and public and vehicular safety markets. XtremeLens is the company flagship. It's the world's first interactive, tri-media (audio, video, and telemetry) system for driving and racing schools.

Justin Bell is the Trans-Am Series' 2001 AmeriSuites Rookie-of-the-Year. Bell won the final two races of the 2001 season in the Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette. A class-winner at Le Mans and FIA GT2 Champion, Justin is the managing partner of the Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience, a Chevrolet Driving school located in Palm Beach County, FL.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Justin Bell , Simon Gregg