SCC: Mid-Ohio: Matt Bell qualifying report

Matt Bell Breaks Own Track Record to Take Pole at Mid-Ohio Lexington, OH (18 June 2010)- Matt Bell was in pole-winning form once again on Friday afternoon as he broke the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course track record with his fast lap time of ...

Matt Bell Breaks Own Track Record to Take Pole at Mid-Ohio

Lexington, OH (18 June 2010)- Matt Bell was in pole-winning form once again on Friday afternoon as he broke the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course track record with his fast lap time of 1:33.653-seconds in the No. 6 Sunoco Camaro for Stevenson Motorsports to score first on the grid for Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic.

The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course track record that he broke was in fact the time he set last year in qualifying on his way to setting a new record for pole positions in GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition. The pole position is the first for Stevenson Motorsports, which first raced the Riley Technologies-built Chevrolet Camaro in the final race of the 2009 season before committing to a two-car team for the 2010 GRAND-AM season.

Bell and co-driver Jeff Bucknum have a season-best finish to date of 2nd at Virginia International Raceway, and the duo will look to go one spot better on Saturday afternoon for round six of the 2010 championship.

"I want to dedicate the pole position to Adrian Lindsay, who is in the hospital right now after hurting his knee," said Bell. "The Stevenson Motorsports guys have been working so hard--every day we are at the track they put in such an incredible effort. And to give the guys a pole after all that work is great. Thanks to John and Susan Stevenson for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this team."

After getting a quick start to the weekend but then having the handling go off in subsequent sessions, the pole position was not what Bell expected as he strapped into the Camaro for qualifying.

"We've been struggling with this car. It rolled off the truck as good as we've ever had it, but then we went the wrong way," said Bell. "With the track with the way it was, I wasn't super happy with the car, but when they told me I was P1, I was a lot happier! Now we have to predict what it is going to be like with all the different kinds of tires that will run on the track between now and then. I just want to bring Jeff a car that he can race to the finish and hopefully we can be back up on the podium tomorrow."

-source: sgm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jeff Bucknum , Matt Bell
Teams Stevenson Motorsports