SCC: Trois-Rivieres: Matt Bell preview

Bell Looks to Continue Winning Ways at Trois Rivieres Trois Rivieres, Que (12 Aug 2010) - This weekend, Stevenson Motorsports racer Matt Bell will return to the narrow concrete canyons that comprise the 1.521-mile temporary circuit on the...

Bell Looks to Continue Winning Ways at Trois Rivieres

Trois Rivieres, Que (12 Aug 2010) - This weekend, Stevenson Motorsports racer Matt Bell will return to the narrow concrete canyons that comprise the 1.521-mile temporary circuit on the streets of Trois Rivieres as he looks to successfully defend his dominating GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race victory at the track last year.

Situated well north of the border in Quebec, the race weekend is one that resonates with history as this weekend marks the 41st running of the Grand Prix du Trois Rivieres event.

Beyond the confidence that comes with being the defending race winner, Bell is further buoyed by his recent run in Rolex Sports Car Series action. After making his Rolex Series debut with a GT Class run in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, Bell's performances netted him a shot at Daytona Prototype action at New Jersey Motorsports Park with Doran Racing. Bell answered the call with a tremendous performance that belied his complete lack of experience in GRAND-AM's top category as the effort netted a strong race outing as well as earning Bell the Jim Trueman Award in his very first race.

To boot, Bell was once again similarly stout in the Stevenson Camaro in GRAND-AM Continental Tire competition as he and Bucknum scored 6th at the finish in New Jersey, something the duo will look to build on as they chase a return to the Continental Tire podium.

"It is always good to return to a track that you've won on before," smiled Bell, who has kept busy working as a racing school instructor between events. "Last year was a great weekend, but now I'm focused on what we have to do on Friday to get back on that podium."

Heading to the Canadian outing, Bell's No. 6 Sunoco Fuels Camaro leads the Camaro runners in the championship standings in its first full season of competition. Bell has brought the machine its first pole, first laps led, and first podium this year, and is looking forward to growing that list of accomplishments this weekend.

The schedule is as intense as you could look for, as a pair of practice sessions will serve to prelude the 4:25 ET qualifying session. A new twist to the weekend will see the GS Class racers take to the track for the first-ever GRAND-AM Continental Tire night race set to take the green flag at 7:00 PM.

"This event is unlike anything else we experience all season long," said Bell. "The crowd is amazing and I think racing at night is only going to make it more interesting. Hopefully the cooler temperatures help us with braking because that is certainly something you have to be mindful of on a track like this."

-source: sgm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Matthew Bell
Teams Stevenson Motorsports , Doran Racing