Townsend Bell

Townsend Bell ( born April 19, 1975 in San Francisco) is an American race car driver. In 2001 he was master of the Indy Lights. 2001 and 2002, he launched a total of eleven races in the CART series. From 2004 to 2013 he went to individual race of the IndyCar Series. 2012 and 2013 he went also in the American Le Mans Series ( ALMS).


Bell began his motorsport career in 1997 in the U.S. Barber Formula Dodge West, who finished fourth overall. After two years he was in the Barber Pro Series Dogde at the start and was founded in 1999 in his second season third in the overall standings. Subsequently joined Bell in 2000 in the Indy Lights to Dorricott Racing. He won two races and was second in four races. With 146 to 155 he was defeated Scott Dixon in the title duel and was runner-up. Internally, he beat out his teammate Casey Mears and Jason Bright. 2001 remained at Bell Dorricott Racing. He won six out of twelve races, started eight times from pole position and was a total of eight times on the podium. With 193 to 149, he won the championship title against Dan Wheldon. His team-mate Damien Faulkner was third this season. Bell also received in 2001 the possibility for Patrick Racing on two races of the CART series participate. He reached the 30th place in the drivers' standings. 2002 Bell initially remained at Patrick Racing. Racing in Portland, he reached his highest placement with a fourth place. After nine races he lost his cockpit Oriol Servia. In the championship he finished twentieth rank.

In 2003, Bell to Europe in the formula 3000th As a teammate of Bjorn home he received a cockpit at the top team Arden International. Unlike his teammates, who won the league title nine times and was on the podium, he was not able to keep up with is home, and he scored a podium placement. At the end of the season, he finished ninth overall. In addition, Bell makes the beginning of September first experience in a Formula 1 car and completed a day of testing for British American Racing. In November there was another Formula 1 test for Bell. Together with Christian Klien he tested for Jaguar, the two pilots had the chance to recommend for a racing cockpit .. After Jaguar Klien had undertaken for the racing cockpit, Bell hopes to the test driver position made ​​. But Jaguar decided against Bell and pledged instead to his former teammate Bjorn home.

After Bell had received no cockpit in Formula 3000, he returned to the United States and joined the IndyCar Series. For Panther Racing, he rose for the seventh race in the season, replacing Mark Taylor, who had achieved a target arrival. Bell has already achieved the second race in Lebanon with a fifth place his best season placement. With ten races Bell came five times in the top 10 to the finish. In the overall standings, he was 21 in the next two years, he went to only ever a race. In 2005, he stepped in for the injured Tomáš Enge at Panther Racing, 2006, he received at Vision Racing an additional vehicle, which was used at the Indianapolis 500.

After he had taken part in any race in 2007, he shared in 2008 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is a racing driver Milka Duno with the cockpit. He participated in eight races, including three times in the top 10 in 2009, he denied except the Indianapolis 500 race no. In the traditional race, he finished starting for KV Racing Technology and the fourth in the overall standings to 32nd place. 2010 Bell appeared for Sam Schmidt Motorsports to the Indianapolis 500, which he finished in 16th place, and finished on the 38th season overall. In 2011, Bell once again part for Sam Schmidt Motorsports Indianapolis 500. After he had qualified in fourth place and was in the race in the top ten pilots, he retired after a collision with Ryan Briscoe and finished 26th in the rest of the season Bell returned as a substitute for the injured Justin Wilson at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and participated in the last two races. At the end of the season, he finished in 35th place overall.

2012 Bell moved to Alex Job Racing in the American Le Mans Series ( ALMS) and launched for the first time in GT racing. After he had won on his debut, the GTC- rating, he denied the remainder of the season in the GT class. Together with his teammate Bill Sweedler Bell scored 17 overall. In addition, he returned for the Indianapolis 500 in the IndyCar Series. For the third consecutive year, he started for Sam Schmidt Motorsports. He scored the ninth. 2013 remained at Bell Alex Job Racing in the ALMS and denied the first nine of ten races in the GT class. In this he reached the 16th place. In addition, he took part in this year for Panther Racing at the Indianapolis 500.


Career stations

  • 2003: Formula 3000 ( 9th place)
  • 2004: IndyCar Series (No. 21)
  • 2005: IndyCar Series (No. 31)
  • 2006: IndyCar Series ( No. 34 )
  • 2008: IndyCar Series (No. 26)
  • 2009: IndyCar Series (No. 32)
  • 2010: IndyCar Series (No. 38)
  • 2011: IndyCar Series ( No. 35 )
  • 2012: ALMS, GT ( 17th)
  • 2012: IndyCar Series (No. 30)
  • 2013: ALMS, GT ( 16th place)
  • 2013: IndyCar Series ( No. 35 )

Individual results in the IndyCar Series

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