Paul Brown/Tiger Racing’s Bell Finishes Tenth in GTS In Saturday’s SCCA Pirelli World Challenge Race in Utah
TOOELE, Utah — Paul Brown/Tiger Racing’s Justin Bell finished a solid tenth in the GTS division in Round 4 of the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge with his eBay Motors Ford Mustang Boss 302S Saturday at Miller Motorsports Park.
The car, which is also sponsored by Kenny Brown Performance, was strapped with reward weight after Bell won two of the first three races and finished second in the other one. His Mustang didn’t appreciate the area’s high altitude as much as the turbocharged cars did either, but Bell persevered and brought home a top-10 finish that will still generate important points towards the ultimate goal of helping Paul Brown/Tiger Racing repeat as the division’s champions.
Bell, of Los Angeles, qualified 12th on Friday with a time of 2:04.198 and an average speed of 88.349 miles per hour for the 3.048-mile, 15-turn road course near Salt Lake City. He had a terrific standing start and vaulted to eighth initially, and then settled into ninth place on lap two between two other Mustangs driven by Brad Adams and Dan McKeever.
McKeever passed him on lap three and Bell dropped one more spot on lap four when Alec Udell got by. Nick Esayian, who went on finish fifth, passed both Udell and Bell on lap five to drop Bell to 12th place. Bell ran his fastest lap of the race up to that point on lap six with a 2:04.760 (87.951 mph), although he would later surpass that in the event, which had a distance of 23 laps or 50 minutes of competition.
Bell remained in 12th place until lap 11, when he vaulted back into the top 10 after Bill Ziegler and McKeever slipped backwards. He spent the rest of the race in tenth position, trying to catch Udell. He drew as close as just 1.284 seconds behind the youngster but Udell was able to stretch the advantage out as the race continued with no full-course yellows. Bell continued to press hard, and he set his fastest lap of the race on lap 15 with a 2:04.313 (88.268 mph).
The standings at the front got scrambled at the end as some drivers made last-ditch efforts to win, but Bell wisely brought his Mustang home in one piece in the race, which was called the Privacy Star Utah Grand Prix Presented by Bondurant. Andy Lee ended up winning GTS in a Camaro over Colin Braun and Michael Galati’s Kias.
“Unfortunately the race weekend at Miller was the perfect storm for our Mustang in terms of the reward weight being substantial (after the success of our first three races), the air restrictor and the altitude,” said Bell. “Completing the negative scenario we had the Acuras and Kias benefiting the most from their turbo power. Basically we had to run around mid-pack and think about the only positive from the situation, which was that we will be dropping a significant amount of my additional weight heading into Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.”
“We knew this race had all the cards stacked against us with the altitude, small inlet restrictor and rewards weight,” said team owner Paul Brown. “Justin drove just as solid as he did in the other races; we just didn’t have the legs for the altitude at Miller.”
Video streaming of the race will be posted in archives on world-challengeTV.com. The race will also be shown on the NBC Sports Network at 11 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, May 27.
The Long Beach race in which Bell finished second will be shown on the NBC Sports Network today at 3 p.m. Eastern time.
The series now travels to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, Calif., for an event May 10-11. Paul Brown/Tiger Racing will prepare two Mustang Boss 302Ss for that race, which will be held about 300 miles from the team’s headquarters in Covina, Calif. Dane Moxlow of Grosse Ile, Mich. will be Bell’s teammate in a car sponsored by Trenton Forging, Bard’s Tale Beer Co. and Detroit Motion Co.
More information can be found on Tiger Racing’s Facebook page. Justin Bell’s Web site is at JustinBell.com. The series tweets updates @WCRacing and posts news at world-challenge.com.
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About Kenny Brown Performance: Kenny Brown, a 25-year veteran in the Ford Mustang performance aftermarket, is legendary for building some of the most technically advanced Mustangs in North America. His critically acclaimed AGS (Advanced Geometry Suspension) high-performance suspension components for street and track-day Mustangs are some of the best and most innovative in the aftermarket. Brown is a well-known celebrity in the Ford aftermarket and has played a critical role in Mustang racing heritage and new product development since 1986. For more information see KennyBrown.com and visit Kenny Brown Performance on Facebook.
About Paul Brown/Tiger Racing: Paul Brown/Tiger Racing won the 2011 SCCA Pro Racing Pirelli World Challenge GTS team championship and propelled its owner/driver Paul Brown to the driver’s championship and Ford to the manufacturer’s title. Based in the Los Angeles suburb of Covina, Calif., it is also involved in the NASA AIX, VSCDA, SVRA and VARA series. It specializes in race car prep, transportation and trackside support as well as exotic and luxury car maintenance and repairs. It is a popular source for carbon fiber and fiberglass work as well as race car parts for Mustangs and other high-performance cars. Please visit its Facebook page at Tiger Racing.
About Justin Bell: “Exuberant” describes Justin Bell. Whether he’s chasing down the race car that’s just ahead of him or chasing down a story, hosting a TV show or developing fresh content for TV or the Web, Bell attacks everything with enthusiasm and expertise. He can be seen behind the microphone regularly on SPEED co-hosting Barrett Jackson, doing race commentary and on the new show ‘Shut up and Drive,” as well as being a special correspondent for jaylenosgarage.com. Bell is very excited about the second season of his show for eBay Motors, the “World’s Fastest Car Show,” for which he’s up for a Webby this year. His racing resume is also quite impressive, as he won the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998 and he has second-place finishes at Le Mans, the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Petit Le Mans as well. He was the 1997 FIA GT2 world champion driving a Team Oreca Viper. He also has a pair of Trans-Am victories. The son of five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell, he and his family live in Los Angeles. For more information see JustinBell.com.
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