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.

Robert Wickens shares more positive strides toward recovery in new video

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Robert Wickens has made massive steps since sustaining a spinal cord injury in an Aug. 19, 2018 crash at Pocono Raceway.

Since the accident, Wickens publicly has shared his recovery, often uploading videos of his physical rehabilitation on Twitter.

In his most recent update on Wednesday, Wickens shared a video of him walking on a treadmill. Fellow NTT IndyCar Series competitor Tony Kannan, who competes in triathlons during his spare time, also was visible running on the treadmill behind Wickens.

“When I am @TonyKannan [sic] age, I hope to run as fast as him…” Wickens tweeted. “Today was a good day!”

Wickens, who will turn 31 on March 13, first made his return to the IndyCar paddock in last year’s season opener in St. Petersburg. Since then, he’s made a return to the driver’s seat, piloting a specialized Acura NSX prior to the start of last year’s IndyCar race in his hometown of Toronto.

In September, Wickens fulfilled a vow to his wife Karli, by standing with her during their wedding. The new husband and wife also danced together during their reception.

Should Wickens fully recover to resume racing, Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt has stated that the team’s No. 6 entry will be available for him to drive. Wickens continues to remain as a “driver coach and consultant” for the team.

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