Bell Ready to FIght Back at Homestead

Matt Bell Ready to FIght Back at Homestead

Tough run at Daytona creates uphill climb for Bell ahead of round two

Contact: Matt Cleary

Homestead, FL (2 March 2011) –The worlds top athletes are known to use visualization techniques to help picture what they will do in order to achieve the maximum result. But no matter how Matt Bell might have pictured the opening round of the 2011 racing season, there was no way he envisioned what actually played out as he and co-driver John Edwards suffered a disappointing opening to the year.

After Bell scored fourth on the Daytona grid in qualifying, he launched towards the front in the early stages of the race, only to see a mechanical problem sideline the effort and force the duo to accept a 28th place finish. That result sets Bell deep in the points order for the ten-round championship.

“This is a tremendously competitive championship — we saw that last year when the winner wasn’t decided until the very last lap of the season,” said Bell, who finished third in the 2009 championship standings. “So while it’s obviously disappointing to have faced mechanical problems at Daytona, there is still so much racing left to do this year. We also know we have the opportunity to make up ground and we just have to concentrate on that. The objective will be the same — go out and win as many points each race weekend as we can.”

This GRAND-AM weekend will also see Bell fully focused on the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge effort, unlike Daytona where he was also tabbed by Doran Racing to share the driving duties in the Daytona Prototype in the Rolex 24.

Bell had the opportunity to test the rapidly-evolving Chevrolet Camaro for Stevenson Motorsports in an open GRAND-AM test at Homestead-Miami Speedway late last year, and is eager to pick up where that test left off.

“Driving the Camaro at Homestead in December, it was almost like driving a completely different car than we had at this race last year,” said Bell. “Stevenson has been amazing, pushing and developing this Camaro, and I expect that it will be even better this weekend. It’s going to be a dogfight and we’ve got an uphill battle with the championship points, but I’m optimistic about our chances this weekend. We had a very solid car and great early race pace at Daytona, so hopefully we can build on that again at Homestead.”

The race will be shown on SPEED Channel March 19th, starting at 2:00 PM ET. Thursday’s promoter test sessions will precede Friday’s official practice and qualifying sessions, with the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race set to take the green flag at 4:15 PM ET on Saturday following the Rolex Sports Car Series race.

PR inquiries about Matt Bell should be directed to Matt Cleary at Sunday Group Management; 317.908.2975 (mobile) or media

For additional information:

Matt Cleary
Sunday Group Management
317.908.2975 (m)

Based in Indianapolis, Sunday Group Management is a leading motorsports management and communications consulting firm.

Sunday Group Management works with clients in a variety of motorsports categories, including NASCAR Sprint Cup driver AJ Allmendinger, Riley Technologies, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series organization Michael Shank Racing, Continental Tire, and several teams and drivers in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition.

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