Verizon IndyCar Series - Townsend Bell

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Biography of Townsend Bell

Townsend Bell started racing go-karts at the age of 12 and spent the next several years competing in regional and national events. After studying at UC Santa Barbara, he attended a three-day Skip Barber school in 1996 and decided his future was in racing. Armed with ambition and a stack of business cards, he set out to make his dreams a reality.

Bell secured the necessary funding to contest the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Western Championship in 1997 and began his climb up the racing ladder. The wins followed. Formula Dodge led to the Barber Dodge Pro Series followed by two years in the Indy Lights Championship. It was there that Bell began to draw attention. He finished second in the 2000 championship – only nine points behind winner Scott Dixon – and secured the champion's title in 2001 over Dan Wheldon.

Also in 2001, merely five years since beginning his professional driving career, Bell made his debut at the top rung of U.S. motorsports. He contested a pair of races in the CART FedEx Championship Series driving for Patrick Racing in Germany and England. Both grids were determined by championship standings due to qualifying rain-outs and despite starting at the back of the field, Bell managed to score his first points in the series in only his second career start with a 12th-place drive at Rockingham Speedway.

He continued with Patrick Racing in 2002 to contest a nine-race season aboard the Toyota-powered Visteon machine. Despite the lack of a teammate in his rookie campaign, Bell managed to impress with a fourth-place finish at Portland and seventh-place drive at Laguna Seca.

Bell embarked on an overseas foray in 2003 with the championship-winning Arden International team in the 2003 FIA Formula 3000 Championship. Amongst a strong field which included Formula 1 driver Vitantonio Liuzzi and Le Mans star Nicolas Minassian, Bell finished second in the rookie standings and became the first American to score an F3000 podium.

His talents led to limited roles as a test driver for the BAR/Honda and Jaguar Formula 1 teams, and he expanded his dossier off the race track by making his television debut as a color commentator for Indycar Series broadcasts on Europe's Sky Sports.

Bell returned stateside in 2004 to compete in the IndyCar Series with Panther Racing and Chevrolet. Driving the Menards/Johns Manville Racing entry, he finished half of the 10 races entered in the top-10 with a best result of fifth to become the highest-finishing Chevrolet driver that season. He also continued his role as a test driver with BAR/Honda and expanded his commentary work to include Speed Channel's Formula 1 broadcasts.

He has competed in the Indianapolis 500 six times where he finished fourth in 2009 with KV Racing Technology and qualified 4th at Indy in 2011 for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

In 2012, Bell made his professional sportscar racing debut with Alex Job Racing, winning the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring on the first attempt. He is currently competing full-time in the American LeMans Series with West AJR Ferrari.

He is also a color commentator for NBC Sports' Indycar broadcasts.

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

First start: July 4, 2004 (Kansas Speedway)

2013
• Competed in Indianapolis 500 for Panther Racing, finishing 27th.

2012
• Competed in Indianapolis 500 for Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsports, finishing ninth.

2011
• Competed in Indianapolis 500 for San Schmidt Motorsports, finishing 26th.
• Finished 11th in race at Kentucky Speedway for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

2010
• Competed in Indianapolis 500 for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, finishing 16th.

2009
• Competed in Indianapolis 500 for KV Racing Technology, finishing fourth.

2008
• Competed in eight races for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, with best finish of eighth at Richmond International Raceway.

2006
• Competed in Indianapolis 500 for Vision Racing, finishing 22nd.

2005
• Competed at Michigan International Speedway for Panther Racing, finishing 15th.

2004
• Competed in 10 races for Panther Racing, with a best finish of fifth at Nashville Superspeedway.

ROAD TO THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

2003
• Finished ninth in International Formula 3000, with best finish of third at Hungaroring.

2002
• Made eight starts for Patrick Racing in Champ Car, with best finish of fourth at Portland.

2001
• Made two starts for Patrick Racing in Champ Car, with best finish of 12th at Rockingham Motor Speedway.
• Finished first in Indy Lights standings for Dorricott Racing.
• Won seven races and finished in the top 10 in all 12 races.

2000
• Finished second in Indy Lights standings for Doricott Racing.
• Won two races and was runner-up in four others.

Early career
Finished second in 1999 Barber Dodge Pro Series with one victory and six top-five finishes overall in 12 races. ... Finished 16th in 1998 Barber Pro Dodge Series, with best finish of third in nine races.

Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
2012 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
2011 Verizon IndyCar Series 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
2010 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
2009 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 1 1 0 1
2008 Verizon IndyCar Series 7 0 0 0 3 0 5
2006 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 Verizon IndyCar Series 10 0 0 1 5 0 7
Total 26 0 0 2 10 1 17
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
KV Racing Technology

KV Racing Technology was founded in January 2003 and joined the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2008. The Indianapolis-based team is owned by successful venture capitalist Kevin Kalkhoven and 1996 CART IndyCar World Series champion Jimmy Vasser.

 

KVRT operates two teams full time in the Verizon IndyCar Series season. KVSH Racing, a partnership between Kalkhoven, Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan, fields an entry for four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais. KV AFS Racing, a partnership between Kalkhoven, Vasser and Gary Peterson, fielda an entry for Sebastian Saavedra.

 

KV Racing Technology also qualified cars driven by Townsend Bell and rookie James Davison in the 2014 Indianapolis 500.