SCC: Mid-Ohio: TJ Bell qualifying notes

Bell Breaks Mid-Ohio Track Record to Score 5th Pole Position Lexington, OH (18 June 2009) Matt Bell is in his first season of GS Class competition in the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge, but he's already looking like a seasoned ...

Bell Breaks Mid-Ohio Track Record to Score 5th Pole Position

Lexington, OH (18 June 2009) Matt Bell is in his first season of GS Class competition in the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge, but he's already looking like a seasoned expert.

Driving the Turner Motorsport No. 96 H&R Springs/StopTech Brakes BMW M3 that he will co-drive with Bill Auberlen, Bell scorched to a new track record at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in qualifying on Saturday with a fast lap time of 1:33.665-seconds to take his fifth pole position of the 2009 season.

"We were chasing the set-up a little bit because the rain changed the track conditions," said Bell. "But with all the experience that Turner Motorsport has, they dialed in the perfect set-up and gave me all the tools I needed to get the job done. The car did exactly what I wanted it to do."

The 15-minute morning qualifying session precedes Saturday afternoon's 1:45 PM race start, something that Bell is relishing.

"I like the chance to race and qualify on the same day--I am really in a good mindset right now, so I'm looking forward to keeping this intensity up again this afternoon in the race."

-credit: sgm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Matthew Bell
Teams Turner Motorsport