JACKSON, MI - - AUGUST 12, 2001 - - U. E. "Pat" Patrick and Bob Dorricott announced today that Patrick Racing would test Dayton Indy Lights Championship driver Townsend Bell tomorrow at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Bell,...
JACKSON, MI - - AUGUST 12, 2001 - - U. E. "Pat" Patrick and Bob Dorricott announced today that Patrick Racing would test Dayton Indy Lights Championship driver Townsend Bell tomorrow at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Bell, 26, has piloted the #30 DirecPC Dorricott Racing Lola to the lead in the 2001 Dayton Indy Lights Championship standings with 104 points heading into today's competition. He has won a series leading three races this year giving him a total of five victories in his two-year Indy Lights career. The native of San Luis Obispo, California finished second in the championship standings last year and was named "Rookie of the Year."
"Townsend is a talented, up and coming young driver," Patrick said. "He has earned this test with our team and we are pleased to be able to provide him with the opportunity. Patrick Racing is very happy with our current driver line-up featuring Roberto Moreno and Jimmy Vasser, but we are always on the lookout for new talent. This is not the first time we have tested a young driver, nor will it be the last," Patrick explained.
Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee, a renowned evaluator of driving talent who has worked with nine national champions, will be in charge of the test. In addition, Jimmy Vasser, pilot of the #40 Visteon/Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard, who is currently tenth in the 2001 FedEx Championship Series standings, will be on hand.
Patrick Racing, which is in its 29th year of competition, is one of the most successful teams in the history of Champ Car racing. The team has captured 44 victories, three Indianapolis 500 wins and two national championships (1976 - Gordon Johncock and 1989 - Emerson Fittipaldi). U. E. "Pat" Patrick is the co-founder of CART and the "father" of the Dayton Indy Lights Series.