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Matt Bell Heads To Miller Seeking Another Turner Motorsport Victory; 0 Californian's team has won all three Grand Sport races at longest track on the Grand-Am circuit Salt Lake City, UT (Sept. 16, 2009) -- With two victories, five poles and...

Matt Bell Heads To Miller Seeking Another Turner Motorsport Victory; 0 Californian's team has won all three Grand Sport races at longest track on the Grand-Am circuit

Salt Lake City, UT (Sept. 16, 2009) -- With two victories, five poles and five different races led, Matt Bell knows all too well what it's like to run up front in the 2009 Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge season.

It's a good thing he is headed to Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah, this weekend, as he looks to keep his championship hopes alive in the Salt Lake City 200 for the penultimate round of the 2009 championship on the longest natural road course in the US, with 4.486-miles covering 24 different corners.

Like Bell, his Turner Motorsport team is a frontrunner, and especially at Miller. Three of Turner Motorsport's Grand Sport (GS) record-holding 16 victories have come at Miller Motorsports Park, as the Amesbury, Mass., team has won all three KONI Challenge meetings there. For good measure, Turner also picked up the Street Tuner (ST) race victory in 2006, Grand-Am's debut season at the track.

Bell heads to Miller not only seeking his second consecutive victory and third of the season -- he won the most recent round last month, the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in Quebec -- but also to continue a strong season that has him in GS championship contention. Even though the Los Altos, Calif., driver has five consecutive top-five finishes, he remains 38 points behind the points leader.

With two races remaining, Bell still has hopes for the title, but is also keeping his eye squarely on a race victory, too.

"Getting another win obviously was a big boost for us in the points and hopefully we can build on that next weekend at Miller," Bell said. "Even though we aren't where we want to be in the driver championship standings, there is still a lot of racing left to go this year and a lot to be racing for. Unlike some of the other guys, we don't have to be or even want to be, conservative when it comes to the races or with our strategy. We are not going to worry about the points, and just try to finish off the year with the best results that we can."

Bell is again teaming with Bill Auberlen, who won last year at Miller, in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M3. Bell will also look to tap his previous experience on the complicated 24-turn track this Friday, having competed in the ST race at Miller last season, turning in an 11th-place performance.

-credit: sgm

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