Townsend Bell

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Townsend Bell
Townsend Bell 2006 Indy 500 Carb Day.jpg
Bell at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2006.
Nationality American
Born (1975-04-19) April 19, 1975 (age 39)
San Francisco, California
2014 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Debut season 2004
Current team KV Racing Technology
Car no. 6
Former teams Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Panther Racing
Vision Racing
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
KV Racing Technology
Starts 21
Wins 0
Poles 0
Best finish 21st in 2004
Previous series
2003
2001-2002
2000-2001
1999
Formula 3000
CART World Series
Indy Lights
Barber Dodge Pro Series
Championship titles
2001 Indy Lights

Townsend Bell (born April 19, 1975 in San Francisco) is a motor racing driver commentating in the IndyCar Series and occasionally in the Stadium Super Trucks. He is married to actress Heather Campbell.

He won the last Indy Lights championship in 2001 and was given two starts in a Champ Car in a joint effort between Patrick Racing and Dale Coyne Racing as a test for a full-time seat in 2002. He earned Roberto Moreno's seat at Patrick that year. His results were mixed; scoring a best finish of 4th but was dropped midseason for Oriol Servia after being placed on probation for avoidable contact with Bruno Junqueira.

International Formula 3000 career[edit]

His efforts shifted to Europe and in 2003 he was team mate to series champion Björn Wirdheim in International F3000 competition. Bell's moment of glory came with a podium at the Hungaroring and he finished 9th overall in a field covered with future Formula One talent, Wirdheim, Giorgio Pantano, Patrick Friesacher, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Nicolas Kiesa among them.

Return to IndyCar[edit]

Despite earning a test with British American Racing at year's end, Bell returned to America where he replaced Mark Taylor for Panther Racing in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series midway through 2004. He started one race as an injury replacement for Tomáš Enge in the same car in 2005. He made his first Indianapolis 500 appearance for Vision Racing in 2006, qualifying 15th and finishing 22nd. He returned to the IndyCar Series in 2008 driving the #23 car in events where Milka Duno was not scheduled to race. His best result in 2008 was an eighth place finish at Richmond International Raceway in June. He also was entered in a third team car in the Indy 500, where he qualified twelfth and finished tenth.

In 2009, Bell was entered in the Indy 500 by KV Racing Technology. Despite qualifying 24th, by virtue of a limited-month schedule, he raced his way into the top 5. Passing Team Penske's Will Power on the last restart, Bell impressed with a 4th place finish.

He has also substituted for David Hobbs on Speed TV's Formula One broadcast team when Hobbs was out due to the death of a family member.

He returned to the Indianapolis 500 in 2011, racing for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, qualified 4th fastest, and started the 95th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing on the inside of the second row.

Bell finished 9th in the 2012 Indianapolis 500 with Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

Bell is also driving a Lotus Evora GTE for Alex Job Racing in the American Le Mans Series with Bill Sweedler and he is a color commentator for NBC Sports with Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Leigh Diffey.

He currently runs in the Stadium Super Trucks,[1] while also serving as an analyst for NBC Sports' broadcast of the series.[2]

Bell was signed by KV Racing Technology to run the No. 6 in the 2014 Indianapolis 500.[3]

Racing record[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Barber Dodge Pro Series[edit]

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
1998 United States
SEB
28
United States
LRP
13
United States
DET
28
United States
WGI
22
United States
CLE
16
United States
GRA
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
United States
LS1
5
United States
ATL
3
United States
HMS
23
United States
LS2
8
16th 36
1999 United States
SEB
30
United States
NAZ
3
United States
LRP
1
United States
POR
4
United States
CLE
8
United States
ROA
5
United States
DET
16
United States
MDO
21
United States
GRA
8
United States
LS
3
United States
HMS
19
United States
WGI
2
3rd 104

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2000 Dorricott Racing United States
LBH
17
United States
MIL
6
United States
DET
7
United States
POR
2
United States
MIS
4
United States
CHI
2
United States
MDO
1
Canada
VAN
4
United States
LS
18
United States
STL
1
United States
HOU
2
United States
FON
2
2nd 146
2001 Dorricott Racing Mexico
MTY
2
United States
LBH
1
United States
TXS
8
United States
MIL
1
United States
POR
6
United States
KAN
5
Canada
TOR
1
United States
MDO
1
United States
STL
9
United States
ATL
2
United States
LS
1
United States
FON
1
1st 192

CART[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
2001 Patrick Racing Mexico
MTY
United States
LBH
United States
TXS
United States
NZR
Japan
MOT
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
CHI
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
Germany
LAU
13
United Kingdom
ROC
12
United States
HOU
United States
LS
Australia
SRF
United States
FON
30th 1
2002 Patrick Racing Mexico
MTY
19
United States
LBH
15
Japan
MOT
14
United States
MIL
13
United States
LS
7
United States
POR
4
United States
CHI
12
Canada
TOR
DSQ
United States
CLE
18
Canada
VAN
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
Canada
MTL
United States
DEN
United Kingdom
ROC
United States
MIA
Australia
SRF
United States
FON
Mexico
MXC
20th 19

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2004 Panther Racing HMS PHX MOT INDY TXS RIR KAN
17
NSH
5
MIL
6
MIS
8
KTY
21
PPIR
12
NZR
18
CHI
22
FON
9
TX2
9
21st 193
2005 Panther Racing HMS PHX STP MOT INDY TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MIS
15
KTY PPIR SNM CHI WGL FON 30th 15
2006 Vision Racing HMS STP MOT INDY
22
WGL TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MIS KTY SNM CHI 34th 12
2008 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing HMS STP
21
MOT1
10
LBH1
DNP
KAN INDY
10
MIL
11
TXS IOW RIR
8
WGL NSH MDO EDM
25
KTY SNM
19
DET CHI SRF2
23
26th 117
2009 KV Racing Technology STP LBH KAN INDY
4
MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL TOR EDM KTY MDO SNM CHI MOT HMS 32nd 32
2010 Sam Schmidt Motorsports SAO STP ALA LBH KAN INDY
16
TXS IOW WGL TOR EDM MDO SNM CHI KTY MOT HMS 38th 18
2011 Sam Schmidt Motorsports STP ALA LBH SAO INDY
26
TXS2 TXS2 MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO NHM SNM BAL MOT 35th 40
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing KTY
11
LVS
C
2012 Schmidt–Hamilton Motorsports STP ALA LBH SAO INDY
9
DET TXS MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO SNM BAL FON 30th 26
2013 Panther Racing STP ALA LBH SAO INDY
27
DET1 DET2 TXS MIL IOW POC TOR1 TOR2 MDO SNM BAL HOU1 HOU2 FON 35th 10
2014 KV Racing Technology STP LBH ALA IMS INDY
25
DET
DET
TXS
HOU
HOU
POC
IOW
TOR
TOR
MDO
MIL
SNM
FON
32nd* 22*
* Season still in progress
1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points race.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
8 6 24 0 0 0 9 0 0

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2006 Dallara Honda 15 22 Vision Racing
2008 Dallara Honda 12 10 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
2009 Dallara Honda 24 4 KV Racing Technology
2010 Dallara Honda 10 16 Sam Schmidt Motorsports
2011 Dallara Honda 4 26 Sam Schmidt Motorsports
2012 Dallara Honda 20 9 Schmidt–Hamilton Motorsports
2013 Dallara Chevrolet 22 27 Panther Racing
2014 Dallara Chevrolet 25 25 KV Racing Technology

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
2003 Arden International IMO
9
CAT
12
A1R
7
MON
6
NUR
Ret
MAG
12
SIL
7
HOC
5
HUN
3
MNZ
Ret
9th 17

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Scott Dixon
Indy Lights Champion
2001
Succeeded by
A. J. Foyt IV
(Infiniti Pro Series)