Tim Bell Nearly Nets Top Ten in New Jersey

Tim Bell Nearly Nets Top Ten in New Jersey

Millville, N.J. (23 July 2011) – Adding to his burgeoning list of racing accomplishments, Tim Bell had another successful debut at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Round 9 of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge as he and Doran Racing co-driver BJ Zacharias drove the No.14 Office Depot BMW 128i to an 11th place finish in the B+ Foundation Heroes 200.

Bell opened the 2.5-hour event from 12th on the grid under sweltering conditions as the New Jersey circuit experienced a second day of record-high temperatures. Despite racing the No. 14 BMW for the first time in such extreme heat, Bell delivered the performance of a much more experienced driver – clicking off quick, consistent lap times on his way to moving up eight positions to fourth place in just 25 laps.

Near the half-way point of the race, Bell made the team’s final pit stop and handed the controls of the No. 14 BMW to Zacharias who would run as high as seventh throughout the closing stages. It would appear that the Doran Racing duo would claim their second consecutive top-10 finish, but some all-too-close racing saw the BMW going off track on the final restart and dropped to 11th place. With only minutes left in the race, the track could not be cleaned up in time to restart the race and it would finish under caution.

“The car was really good and I ran in fourth place for a while,” said Bell. “We didn’t feel like we had a top-10 car so running fourth was pretty good for us. For some reason our handling went out the door early in the race so BJ (Zacharias) had a car that he was struggling with. I was trying to save the car for BJ and be conservative with the driver cooling and everything–you don’t want to use it all up before he gets in the car! We just tried to keep the car clean so it’s a pretty good result for the amount of damage and carnage that went on out there. ”

Bell will complete his rookie season in September when the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge travels to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

“I’ve never been to Mid-Ohio before so hopefully can get a chance to go to my simulator and try it out,” said Bell. “We can out-brake just about everybody out there so I think if we get our motor situation sorted out, we’ll definitely have a chance.”

The final round of GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition will be held September 16-17.

Coverage of the B+ Foundation Heroes 200 event will broadcast July 30 at 3:00 PM (ET) on SPEED.

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Matt Cleary
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