Eddie Sharp Racing Tabs T.J. Bell for Michigan ARCA Event Youthful Veteran Looking to Keep ESR in Top 10 in ARCA Points at MIS DENVER, NC (August 14, 2006) -- The number-20 Eddie Sharp Racing team, currently 10th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series ...
Eddie Sharp Racing Tabs T.J. Bell for Michigan ARCA Event
Youthful Veteran Looking to Keep ESR in Top 10 in ARCA Points at MIS
DENVER, NC (August 14, 2006) -- The number-20 Eddie Sharp Racing team, currently 10th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series points, will be back on the track at Michigan International Speedway this Friday with veteran driver T.J. Bell behind the wheel. ESR tabbed the 25-year-old Bell to take over the reigns of the number-20 car at MIS to contend for the victory at the fast two-mile tri-oval and to keep the team alive in the top 10 in ARCA points.
Bell has been a proven contender each and every time he has been in the seat of an ARCA machine, and now that he has teamed together with ESR, he is even more pumped up about the opportunity that awaits him at Michigan.
"I'm just real excited to be back and to be with Eddie Sharp Racing and to be working with (crew chief) Jeff McClure, the guy that I had so much success working with a few years ago," said Bell. "I'm fortunate to have this opportunity, and I hope that we can put together a good run at Michigan."
Being added to the Eddie Sharp Racing lineup, which already includes Ryan Mathews in the ESR number-22 and teammate Scott Lagasse, Jr. in the Cunningham Motorsports number-4 Dodge, Bell will have the opportunity to drive for one of the premier teams in ARCA. The young driver will also be reunited with McClure, who served as car owner and crew chief for Bell during the 2005 ARCA season.
"The best thing about working with Jeff is that he is a driver himself. He taught me what to tell people about the racecar when I'm out on the track. It's a lot easier now to communicate things to the crew, especially when I am working with him. He knows exactly what I say when I say it. That communication helps dial the car in a lot faster. It's a natural fit. I've worked with a lot of people before and Jeff is one of the best."
Michigan International Speedway is a track that fits Bell's driving style -- fast. At speeds approaching 200mph, Bell will be in the ESR number-20 with guns blazing for victory.
"I definitely think I'll be able to have a good run at Michigan. I'm going there with a great racecar and a great team and I love racing at that place. It's big, it's fast and you can run anywhere you want to put the car. The thing that I love about that place is that you can drive it any way you want to. It should be a real good race for us, and I'm glad to have the chance to race for the win at Michigan this weekend."
For team owner Eddie Sharp, having the youthful excitement and talent that Bell brings to the number-20 team is a breath of fresh air for the entire ESR team.
"I'm glad to see that kid back at the racetrack, and I'm really looking forward to seeing him do well," said Sharp. "I'm glad to see him back at the racetrack and we'll put him in our stuff and see what he can do. He wants to be there and he wants to succeed. That's what this whole race team stands for. His relationship with Jeff was a big deciding factor, as well. I'm really looking forward to it and to go racing again, that's the bottom line."
The Hantz Group 200 at Michigan International Speedway will take the green flag at 5:15 ET live on SPEED.