Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced today that American driver, Townsend Bell, will drive at the IZOD IndyCar Series events in Kentucky and Las Vegas. Bell will replace the injured Justin Wilson for the final two races of the season and will pilot the team's No. 22 Valspar entry for Kentucky and the No. 22 Dad's Root Beer machine in Las Vegas.
"We are excited about having Townsend back with us and being able to put him in our car at Kentucky and Las Vegas. We've both grown significantly since we worked together in 2008 and we feel Townsend will represent DRR and our partners very well to close out the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season. We will be testing him at Kentucky on Friday and we are excited to get him acclimated to the car again," commented Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Co-Owner, Dennis Reinbold.
Bell will make his return to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing when he gets behind the wheel of the No. 22 machine today. Not only will the California native compete in the last two events of the season, he will also have the opportunity to test the car at Kentucky Speedway. Bell drove for DRR for seven races in 2008. He was the perfect choice for the Indianapolis-based squad as he brings vast experience to the table. He got his start in go-karts before working his way up to the Barber Dodge Pro Series and then onto the Indy Lights championship where he earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2000 and the Indy Lights championship in 2001. From Indy Lights he went onto compete in the CART series for nine races and the in FIA Formula 3000 in 2003, earning tests with BAR-Honda and Jaguar Formula One teams in the same year. Bell would then graduate to the IndyCar Series competing for various teams. In 2009, the veteran driver finished 4th in Indianapolis 500.
"First off, I want to thank Justin for letting me borrow his racecar for these two events and I hope that he is recovering well. It's great to be back with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Dennis and Robbie again. I'm looking forward to the opportunity. I'm really impressed with the technical commitment that the team has made since Indianapolis to give themselves the best chance for success on the mile and a half ovals, so it will be fun to see that put into action," commented Bell.
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