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IndyCar: Townsend Bell secures new shot at Indy 500

Townsend Bell will be back for another shot at Indianapolis 500 glory after signing up to drive for Dreyer & Reinbold/Kingdom Racing.
Townsend Bell will bid to make another Indianapolis 500 start next month, after signing up with Dreyer & Reinbold/Kingdom Racing to drive the #24 Robert Graham Special Chevrolet in the 99th running of the greatest spectacle in motor sports.

"We are extremely pleased to have Townsend back in our car for the Indianapolis 500," said team co-owner Dennis Reinbold. "Townsend has proven to be a contender at Indy for many years including last year's event when he was running second with 10 laps to go.

"With the Robert Graham brand, we feel Townsend and the #24 Chevrolet-powered machine will be right in the thick of things when the chequered flag is in the air on May 24," Reinbold added.

Bell has a long history with DRR that goes back to 2008 when he competed in seven Verizon IndyCar Series championship races including that year's Indy 500, plus a non-championship race at Surfers Paradise.

Bell subsequently returned to the team to compete for them at Kentucky Speedway in 2011 and was additionally scheduled to race in the season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that was ultimately cancelled due to a fatal accident.

After making his way up through stints in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, Indy Lights, CART and International Formula 3000, Bell originally made his IndyCar début with Panther Racing in 2004.

Since then he has raced for a number of teams including Vision Racing, KV Racing Technology and Sam Schmidt Motorsports. He's made eight starts in the Indy 500 since 2006, missing out only once in 2007.

Last year was one of his best Indianapolis performances, which saw Bell qualify in 22nd and run as high as second with KV Racing Technology before a late crash resigned him to a finish of 25th.

More recently, the 39-year-old Californian has become even more familiar to fans as an analyst and co-commentator contributing to the NBC Sports Network coverage of the IndyCar Series.

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing was a fixture on the Indy Racing League/IndyCar grid from 2000 through to 2012. However an ill-fated season as a factory partner team with engine manufacturers Lotus ended with the team folding its operations into a strategic alliance with Panther Racing.

Panther has since ended its IndyCar operations, and the DRR name has only been used for one-off annual entries in the Indy 500 with the help of Kingdom Racing.

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