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Townsend Bell replaces Wilson for final races

Townsend Bell has been selected by Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to take over their #22 car for Kentucky and Las Vegas, replacing the injured British driver Justin Wilson.
Townsend Bell will be the latest driver to sit in the #22 car for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, with the team opting to run him in the final two races of the season at Kentucky Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Bell is replacing Justin Wilson, who sustained back injuries in a practice accident at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course earlier in the season and who is not yet sufficiently recovered to get back into the cockpit. It will be Bell's first IndyCar race since he finished 26th in the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 in May, retiring after being caught up in an accident on lap 157 while driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

"I'm hopeful that Justin continues to have a speedy recovery and I appreciate him letting me borrow his rocket ship for a couple of weekends," said Bell after the announcement. "After a promising run not fully realized at Indy it's hard to sit and not have a chance to come back out and keep improving, so this is really exciting to be back with Dreyer & Reinbold."

Since Wilson was sidelined, Simon Pagenaud and Giorgio Pantano have substituted for him at road courses while Tomas Scheckter was tapped for the ride at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. However, for the final two oval races of the season, team co-owner Dennis Reinbold decided that Bell was the best option available to them.

"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," said Reinbold.

Bell - who was among the drivers hoping to test at Kentucky Speedway on Friday but found himself frustrated by rain showers in the area - is keen to get every bit of track time opportunity he can in the series.

"I wouldn't be out here if I didn't want to do this more often," he said. "Next year with the new car and engines coming in it would be a lot more difficult to just show up at Indianapolis and do well ... If there's any way to get an early start on doing more races in the future, that's what we're here to do."



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Justin Wilson resplendent in the Rolling Stones livery for the #25 Andretti Autosport Honda in pit lane on Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Friday May 22 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson resplendent in the Rolling Stones livery for the #25 Andretti Autosport Honda on track on Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Friday May 22 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, qualifies third fastest Sunday, May 17, 2015, and will start on the outside of the front row for the Verizon IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Pagenaud will be joined in the front row by by polestar Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet and Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet who qualified second fastest for the May 24 race. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, qualifies second-fastest Sunday, May 17, 2015, and will start in the middle of the front row for the Verizon IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Power will be joined in the front row by pole sitter Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet and Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet  who qualified third for the May 24 race. (Photo by Scott R. LePage/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates after qualifying fastest Sunday, May 17, 2015, winning the pole for the Verizon IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dixon will be joined in the front row by Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet who qualified second fastest, and Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet  who qualified third for the May 24 race. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, qualifies fastest Sunday, May 17, 2015, winning the pole for the Verizon IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dixon will be joined in the front row by Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet who qualified second fastest, and Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet  who qualified third for the May 24 race. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Simon Pagenaud on track in the Penske #22 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Friday May 15 2015. (Photo by: Mike Harding for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud waits in the Penske #22 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Friday May 15 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud climbs into the Penske #22 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Friday May 15 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud heads back out on track  at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Friday May 15 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud heads back out on track  at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Friday May 15 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud in pit lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Thursday May 14 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud prepares at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Thursday May 14 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud prepares at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Thursday May 14 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud leads Will Power at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Thursday May 14 2015. (Photo by: Mike Harding for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Thursday May 14 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Will Power and Simon Pagenaud at practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Thursday May 14 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)

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