Mark Donahue and Matt Bell started their professional racing careers at age 22, both possessing engineering backgrounds, and both running the No. 6 Sunoco Camaro. There are many parallels between the late, great Mark Donohue and sports car pro-driver Matt Bell. Donahue put Camaro racecars on the map in Trans-AM, and Bell put Camaro on the map again in Grand-AM, after a 30-year hiatus.
Matt Bell quickly began making a name for himself as both a driver and an articulate engineer. The ability to put a racecar at the front of a grid, among the best drivers and teams in the sport, showcases many attributes. Matt has an innate ability to understand exactly what a racecar is doing and engineer a setup from the driver’s seat. Having established his reputation in BMW’s, it was driving the famed No. 6 Sunoco Camaro in Grand-AM, which caught rival team’s notice.
Bell has driven for some of the great teams in sports cars today. Daytona Prototype team owners, Kevin Doran and Michael Shank, both team winners of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, have campaigned cars with Bell driving. Bell impressed both owners with his knowledge, feedback and engineering prowess, particularly unusual in a young professional. Bell currently drives Stevenson Motorsport’s (factory) Camaro, in the Continental Sports Car Challenge and in the Rolex GT Series. Bell also holds a NASCAR Nationwide Series competition license for road courses.
Bell, who creates engineering projects in his spare time, has multiple patents on parts he’s designed. The final story has yet to be written as a promising career, with interesting parallels to one of the all-time greats, continues to unfold.
Orignal Post Date: May 7, 2012