Townsend Bell to Make GRC Debut at X Games Munich
Townsend Bell, a seven-time Indianapolis 500 starter and current American Le Mans Series driver, will make his Global Rallycross debut at X Games Munich on June 30, 2013. Bell will drive the #7 Royal Purple Ford Fiesta for OMSE2.
Bell’s major professional career began after he won the 2001 Indy Lights championship, launching him into CART, Formula 3000, and Formula One test drives. Since 2004, he has mostly focused on IndyCar, earning a fourth place finish in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 and 12 top-10 finishes in 36 career Indycar starts. In 2012, Bell won the 12 Hours of Sebring in his first major sportscar attempt.
“Global Rallycross is thrilled to have such a talented and diverse driver like Townsend be a part of our series and join the driver line up in Munich,” said Colin Dyne, Global Rallycross CEO. “Townsend and I have a long and successful history together and I look forward to continuing that streak.”
This season, the San Luis Obispo, California native has competed in the Indianapolis 500 for Panther Racing and is contesting the full American Le Mans Series schedule for West Alex Job Racing in a Ferrari 458 GTE. Alongside his commitments behind the wheel, he also handles duties for IndyCar broadcasts, on NBC Sports, as an expert analyst.
OMSE2 is a satellite operation of OlsbergsMSE, which has won the past two Global Rallycross championships with driver Tanner Foust. At X Games Foz do Iguaçu, the satellite operation scored a gold medal with Scott Speed in its debut.
Bell is the latest in a long line of open-wheel drivers to make an attempt at racing in GRC. Ex-Formula 1 driver Speed currently leads the points, while Nelson Piquet Jr. and Buddy Rice are other open-wheel veterans to have raced this year.
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