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Justin Bell Hopes to Duplicate Brown’s 2011 Results In This Weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge Doubleheader At Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
LEXINGTON, Ohio, Aug. 2 — Paul Brown/Tiger Racing heads to the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge doubleheader at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend with one thought in mind: duplicating last year’s results here.
It’s a tall order, because team owner Paul Brown of Covina, Calif. won both halves of last year’s doubleheader at Mid-Ohio in the GTS class enroute to the series championship.
This time Justin Bell of Los Angeles will carry the team’s colors, as well as those of eBay Motors and Kenny Brown Performance, when he competes in the team’s No. 50 Ford Mustang Boss 302S.
He has stiff competition. It’s a popular venue, and the Cadillac Mid-Ohio Grand Prix Presented by StopTech is being held on the same weekend that the track hosts the IZOD IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series for added value to the fans. The result is a field of 56 World Challenge entries. The GTS class features the most cars with 26.
Bell got the year off to a great start by winning both halves of the season-opening doubleheader at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida in March. He has four top-five results in his seven starts this season. He missed the most recent doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park due to a previous commitment, however, and he’s now fifth in the class’s overall driver point standings.
Brown competed in the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park races in June despite health issues and a long layoff, but he finished an amazing third in the first half of that doubleheader. He finished ninth in the nightcap even after his car’s header broke.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend, since it seems like months since I’ve raced,” said Bell. “Having to miss Mosport provided mixed emotions, the most dominant of which was how proud I was of Paul to have such a strong outing in the car despite feeling awful. I was sorry to miss the races, but it was great to be part of SPEED’s coverage of the Barrett Jackson Auto Auctions.
“But now I’m back to World Challenge. I’m out of the championship hunt and carrying no reward weight, so it’s time for me to get a win this weekend!”
Both of this weekend's races will be broadcast live on world-challengetv.com. Live timing and scoring will be carried on the series’ Web site at world-challenge.com. Additionally, NBC Sports will air the races on Saturday, August 25 at 1:30 p.m. (EDT).
Fans can follow Bell even more closely, however, through Twitter.
“As part of my developing relationship with eBay Motors, I’ll be uploading special content to my Twitter account all weekend,” Bell said. Fans can follow him @JustinBellTV. The series also tweets updates @WCRacing.
Bell will also be in the TV booth co-hosting ABC’s coverage of the Mid-Ohio ALMS race Saturday at 2 p.m. Eastern.
Tiger Racing has a Facebook page. Additional team information will be posted there, on Kenny Brown Performance’s Facebook page, and in the blog on KennyBrown.com.
Kenny Brown will be on hand at Mid-Ohio to assist with team management. He’ll also have his new GT-4RS Mustang on display in the paddock as part of the new Kenny Brown Performance Mustang vehicle launch. This exotic prototype features a completely new line of specialty products for the Mustang, and is Kenny Brown’s flagship for his new range of GT-4 Mustangs.
The GT-4RS Mustang that will be on display represents the depth of Kenny Brown Performance’s technology transfer program with Paul Brown/Tiger Racing and the team’s #50 GTS Mustang.
The World Challenge schedule during the Mid-Ohio weekend shows practice at 10 a.m. and qualifying at 4:30 p.m. Friday. The first race is at 5:10 p.m. Saturday and the second race is at 9:55 a.m. Sunday.
About eBay Motors: eBay Motors, a part of eBay Inc., is the Internet’s largest marketplace for buying and selling all things automotive. The site offers everyday cars for everyday drivers as well as collector cars, motorcycles, auto parts and accessories. eBay Motors is consistently ranked the No. 1 automotive site on the Web by Nielsen/NetRatings. Nearly 4.5 million new and used vehicles have been sold on eBay Motors, and there are more than 22 million automotive parts and accessories available on eBay Motors at any given time.
About Kenny Brown Performance: Kenny Brown, a 25-year veteran in the Ford Mustang performance aftermarket, is legendary for building some of the most technically advanced Mustangs in North America. His critically acclaimed AGS (Advanced Geometry Suspension) high-performance suspension components for street and track-day Mustangs are some of the best and most innovative in the aftermarket. Brown is a well-known celebrity in the Ford aftermarket and has played a critical role in Mustang racing heritage and new product development since 1986. For more information see KennyBrown.com and visit Kenny Brown Performance on Facebook.
About Paul Brown/Tiger Racing: Paul Brown/Tiger Racing won the 2011 SCCA Pro Racing Pirelli World Challenge GTS team championship and propelled its owner/driver Paul Brown to the driver’s championship and Ford to the manufacturer’s title. Based in the Los Angeles suburb of Covina, Calif., it is also involved in the NASA AIX, VSCDA, SVRA and VARA series. It specializes in race car prep, transportation and trackside support as well as exotic and luxury car maintenance and repairs. It is a popular source for carbon fiber and fiberglass work as well as race car parts for Mustangs and other high-performance cars. Please visit its Facebook page at Tiger Racing.