Townsend Bell (born April 19, 1975 in San Francisco) is a motor racing driver. He is married to actress Heather Campbell.
He won the last Indy Lights championship in 2001 and was given two starts in a Champ Car in a joint effort between Patrick Racing and Dale Coyne Racing as a test for a full-time seat in 2002. He earned Roberto Moreno's seat at Patrick that year. His results were mixed; scoring a best finish of 4th but was dropped midseason for Oriol Servia after being placed on probation for avoidable contact with Bruno Junqueira.
His efforts shifted to Europe and in 2003 he was team mate to series champion Björn Wirdheim in International F3000 competition. Bell's moment of glory came with a podium at the Hungaroring and he finished 9th overall in a field covered with future Formula One talent, Wirdheim, Giorgio Pantano, Patrick Friesacher, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Nicolas Kiesa among them. Despite earning a test with British American Racing at year's end, Bell returned to America where he replaced Mark Taylor for Panther Racing in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series midway through 2004. He started one race as an injury replacement for Tomáš Enge in the same car in 2005. He made his first Indianapolis 500 appearance for Vision Racing in 2006, qualifying 15th and finishing 22nd. He returned to the IndyCar Series in 2008 driving the #23 car in events where Milka Duno was not scheduled to race. His best result in 2008 was an eighth place finish at Richmond International Raceway in June. He also was entered in a third team car in the Indy 500, where he qualified twelfth and finished tenth.
In 2009, Bell was entered in the Indy 500 by KV Racing Technology. Despite qualifying 24th, by virtue of a limited-month schedule, he raced his way into the top 5. Passing Team Penske's Will Power on the last restart, Bell impressed with a 4th place finish.
He has also substituted for David Hobbs on Speed TV's Formula One broadcast team when Hobbs was out due to the death of a family member.
He returned to the Indianapolis 500 in 2011, racing for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, qualified 4th fastest, and will start the 100th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing on the inside of the second row.
Bell finished 9th in the 2012 Indianapolis 500 with Sam Schmidt Motorsports.
Townsend is also driving a Lotus Evora GTE for Alex Job Racing in the American Le Mans Series with Bill Sweedler and he is a color commontator for NBC Sports with Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Leigh Diffey.
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... Tracy started dropping back, quickly passed by Wheldon and Townsend Bell ... and Dixon, running second and third had bad stops, and Danica Patrick got in front of Townsend Bell during this time ... Castroneves pulled away and won, with Wheldon, Patrick, Bell and Power making the top 5 ...
... Townsend Bell led the speed chart at 223.580 mph ... Also qualifying early on with solid runs were Townsend Bell, Tomas Scheckter, and Oriol Servià ... Speed 06 ... Robert Doornbos Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 221.692 mph (357 km/h) 8 ... Townsend Bell KV Racing Technology 221.195 mph (356 km/h) 17 ... Oriol Servià Rahal Letterman Racing 220.984 mph (356 ...
... third day of qualifications saw the field filled to 33 cars with Townsend Bell fastest of the day at 222.529 mph ... Speed 99 ... Townsend Bell Dreyer Reinbold Racing 222.539 mph (358 km/h) 06 ... Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 222.531 mph (358 km/h) 14 ... Darren Manning A ... Racing 223.557 mph (360 km/h) 99 ... Townsend Bell Dreyer Reinbold Racing 222.499 mph (358 km/h) OFFICIAL REPORT ...
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