By David Reininger - Motorsport.com West Allis, Wis. (June 3, 2001) - Townsend Bell earned $36,500 for his victory in the 100-lap Indy Lights race on the Milwaukee Mile this afternoon. Bell, who started from the pole position, lapped the entire...
By David Reininger - Motorsport.com
West Allis, Wis. (June 3, 2001) - Townsend Bell earned $36,500 for his victory in the 100-lap Indy Lights race on the Milwaukee Mile this afternoon. Bell, who started from the pole position, lapped the entire field, passing runner-up Mario Dominguez with five laps to go, marking the first time in series history that a driver lapped the entire field on his way to victory.
In the final twenty laps, Bell set his sights on Dominguez, the only other car on the lead lap, closing by a half second a lap. With ten laps to go, Bell was cruising comfortably behind the second place car.
"As you start to draw closer, you the air off the front of the wing, so I had to adjust my line a little bit, and my technique with my feet," Bell said. "We ended up holding up a little bit for the lapped traffic to botch them up a bit and that gave me a chance to get by.
"A couple of times I had a run there, but Mario made it tough down there in turn one. But I'd probably do the same thing if the roles were reversed."
Both runner-up Mario Dominguez and third place finisher Dan Wheldon have tested Champ cars with hopes of competing in the CART FedEx Series, something Bell wants to do in the near future.
"Part of my job this year, especially as an American, is to try to show that I'm the guy that wants to get picked," said Bell. "That's just another statistic to throw in my hip pocket when I walk in all those motorhomes across the way and talk to these guys."
The race started under yellow when Jon Fogarty and Derek Higgins crashed on the pace lap, eliminating two of the top drivers in the series.
"I'm not sure what happened there," Bell said. "Sometimes it gets a little choked up when guys are on and off the throttle trying to get heat in their tires."
The Dayton Indy Lights Series continues on June 24 with round five in the series at Portland International Raceway.