Townsend Bell confirmed in DRR/Kingdom Racing entry for Indy 500

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – NBCSN Verizon IndyCar Series IndyCar analyst Townsend Bell will make another Indianapolis 500 start this season, and returns to a team that he has driven for twice previously.

Bell will be in the No. 24 Robert Graham Special Chevrolet entry for Dreyer & Reinbold/Kingdom Racing.

“We are extremely pleased to have Townsend back in our car for the Indianapolis 500,” said Dennis Reinbold, DRR team co-owner. “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 No. 24 Chevrolet-powered machine will be right in the thick of things when the checkered flag is in the air on May 24.”

Bell has nine past official starts with DRR in 2008 and 2011 (also raced with DRR in the non-championship Surfers Paradise race in 2008 and the canceled Las Vegas race in 2011), and this year will mark his second ‘500 start with the team. He finished 10th in the No. 99 William Rast entry in 2008.

Last year, he turned in one of his better Indianapolis 500 performances, running as high as second in the debut of the Robert Graham livery with KV Racing Technology. A late crash resigned him to a finish of 25th.

Bell returns to DRR after past starts with KVRT (2014, 2009), Panther Racing (2013) and Sam Schmidt Motorsports (2012, 2011, 2010) in the intervening years.

MotorSportsTalk will work with Bell for additional content throughout the month of May. Here’s a recap of posts we did last year:

Townsend’s first installment of the MotorSportsTalk original series “Ten with Townsend,” post-NOLA Motorsports Park, is linked here.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.