Mosport: Justin Bell race notes

Justin Bell takes third at Mosport. Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada - Justin Bell rebounded in the Trans-Am championship points tally by finishing a solid third in the ...

Justin Bell takes third at Mosport.

Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada - Justin Bell rebounded in the Trans-Am championship points tally by finishing a solid third in the #40 XtremeLens/Starcashonline.com Chevrolet Corvette during Round 2 of the 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup. This makes Justin Bell's fifth podium finish in seven consecutive Trans-Am starts, beginning with his first podium in Portland in 2001.

Bell's start from fourth place was largely without drama. The race proceeded under green from flag-to-flag. After the physical conclusion of the Long Beach opener, where what was expected to be a certain podium finish was snatched from Bell's grasp, the Mosport result was quite satisfying for Justin.

"It's the opposite of Long Beach, really," explained Bell. "At this stage of the year, it's very important for me to get some podium finishes. Obviously, Long Beach was a great race, but it was also a great disappointment. We have a new sponsor, XtremeLens, and we want to perform well for them at Lime Rock."

Derhaag Motorsports was uncharacteristically out of sync in the pits. Justin Bell lost some amount of time during refueling. Both Bell and Derhaag were circumspect about the fuel stop. Since there was no full course yellow, time in the pits was crucial to the outcome of the race.

"We had an immigration issue in the pits," said the 27-year Trans-Am Series-veteran Jim Derhaag. "We lost our 6'2" fueler guy in Canadian Customs."

Justin added his thoughts. "I was going to get out there myself and do it, but I'm afraid I couldn't lift that blasted gas can. When I did came back out of the pits, I wondered where the party went off to."

Derhaag Motorsports will have less than a week to prepare and transport the team's Corvettes to Lime Rock Park, CT. Round Three of the Trans-Am Series will be at Lime Rock for the traditional Memorial Day Weekend event and will be broadcast live on Speed Channel, Monday, May 27 at 1:00 EST.

Justin Bell is the Trans-Am Series' 2001 AmeriSuites Rookie-of-the-Year. Bell won the final two races of the 2001 season in the Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette. A class-winner at Le Mans and FIA GT2 Champion, Justin is the managing partner of the Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience, a Chevrolet Driving school located in Palm Beach County, FL.

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Series Trans-Am
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