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KV Racing Technology's Townsend Bell Makes The Field For 2014 Indianapolis 500
Posted by: newsla on May 18, 2014 - 07:44 AM
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KV Racing Technology's Townsend Bell Makes The Field For 2014 Indianapolis 500


KV Racing Technology driver Townsend Bell will contest his eighth Indianapolis 500 on May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana, but where he will start is still a mystery.

 

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Bell, behind the wheel of the No. 6 Robert Graham - KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone car, recorded a four-lap average speed of 228.508 mph to place him 22nd on the provisional grid. Under the new Indianapolis 500 qualifying format, since he was in the top-30, he has assured himself a spot in the field for the 2014 Indy 500. Where exactly he will grid will be determined tomorrow when the second round of qualifying takes place and the entire field's grid positions are set.

"It is great to be back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," Bell said. "We have a great car here at KV Racing Technology. Robert Graham is on board as a sponsor along with Royal Purple. I was really happy with the balance of the car. Nothing to complain about there. The track temperature went up a little bit and that may have slowed us some, but the field is so tight we are just looking to shave fractions of a second. We'll take a look at the date tonight, make some changes and try and move up the grid tomorrow."

In seven previous appearances at the Brickyard, Bell has a best qualifying position of fourth in 2011 and has earned three top-10 finishes with a best showing of fourth in 2009, coincidentally while competing with KV Racing Technology. Bell, who will be contesting his first event of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season, second with KVRT and 37th of his IndyCar career, has completed a remarkable 1,308 laps at the Speedway.

Bell, a 39-year-old American, who resides in Pacific Palisades, CA, spends much of his time now as a Verizon IndyCar Series broadcast analyst for NBC Sports. He also competes in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, driving for AIM Autosport with Ferrari, where he currently leads the championship after three of the 11 rounds, including a victory in the 2014 24 Hours of Daytona (GTD class). Bell will be competing in a major U.S. based open-wheel event for the 12th season,

Tomorrow's qualifying to determine the pole and the final grid positions begins at 10:15 a.m. ET and will also be broadcast live on ABC from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The 2014 Indianapolis 500 will be the 98th running of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing." It has been held every year since the first race in 1911 except the war years of 1917-1918 and 1942-1945. The race will take place May 25, 2014, and will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 11 a.m. (ET).

INDIANAPOLIS 500 QUALIFYING FORMAT:
SUNDAY QUALIFYING
Group 1:
* All Saturday times are erased and positions 10-30 will re-qualify to determine starting position.
* Order will be the reverse of Saturday's rankings.
* Lineup will be determined based on fastest four-lap averages.
* In the event that there are only 33 cars entered, this group will determine positions 10-33.

Group 2 (Only used in the event there are more than 33 cars):
* All Saturday times are erased and positions 31-33, and any entry that has yet to make one attempt to qualify, will re-qualify to determine the 11th row of the race.

Group 3:
* The top nine cars will run in reverse order based on Saturday's times.
* All cars will make one attempt.
* At the end of the session, the cars are ranked 1-9 based on their four-lap average during the segment.

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