Altamonte Springs, FL/March 26, 2012 – P1 Groupe and Stevenson Motorsports Driver Matt Bell is ready to once again strap behind the wheel of his #9 Chevrolet Camaro GS.R when the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series runs at Barber Motorsports Park. The Barber 200 will mark the second event on the 2012 Series Schedule, and also mark where Bell and Stevenson Motorsports earned their first Top-5 of the 2011 season in a 5th place finish after qualifying on the front row in 2nd position. Bell, who tied the record with most poles in a single season in Grand Sport with five back in 2009, looks to do one position better this year and set the pace for his team to bring home their first win of 2012.
“I’ve got a good feeling about this one” Bell stated. “Team changes are sometimes tough to swallow, but we’ve always done well against adversity. My usual co-driver, John Edwards, has suffered an injury and unfortunately will not be driving the 9 this weekend. Stevenson GT driver Robin Liddel will join me in his place. It will be fun seeing what he thinks of our big GS car compared to the purpose-built GT. It takes some getting used to. I have no doubt Robin will be fast, reliable, and offer great feedback, but I am curious about how he feels the first time he feels that hotrod around a lap of Barber. That said, I’m also interested in getting his thoughts on the competition.”
“The Stevenson team has been working very hard to get the most out of our car given the limitations the series has subjected anything sporting a bow-tie in GS to. We know we have an uphill battle against our competition in class as we’ve not been given the performance breaks that have been given to manufacturers that already have had more success in this series, which can be both puzzling and frustrating at times. That said, it’s up to us to go out there and make the most with what we’re given week-in and week-out, to fight for wins, and not to make excuses. Regardless, I am very excited to be back behind the wheel of our big Camaro after our little break in the schedule. It should be a fun weekend as long as we keep out of trouble. Oh, and I still owe Jack Roush from last year!”
The GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series Barber 200 from Barber Motorsports Park begins on Saturday, March 31st at 4:15 PM ET. The race will be two and a half hours in length, and will be aired on SPEED Channel on Sunday, April 8th at 12 PM ET. Check your local listings and see Matt Bell and the #9 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro GS.R.
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