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Paul Brown/Tiger Racing’s Bell Records a Seventh and Fifth at Belle Isle and Teammate Moxlow runs 12th and Seventh In SCCA Pirelli World Challenge
DETROIT, June 5 — Paul Brown/Tiger Racing’s Justin Bell of Los Angeles placed seventh on Saturday and fifth on Sunday in the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge GTS doubleheader at Belle Isle Park. His teammate, Dane Moxlow of nearby Grosse Isle, MI., was 12th on Saturday and seventh on Sunday for the Covina, Calif.-based team.
Both drivers had an incredible standing start in Sunday’s race. Bell, who drives the No. 50 Ford Mustang Boss 302S sponsored by eBay Motors and Kenny Brown Performance, started tenth in the GTS class but vaulted to fourth by the end of lap one. A Kia driven by Michael Galati that started ahead of him spun on the first lap but Bell also passed Aaron Povoledo, Richard Golinello, Alec Udell, Jason von Kluge and Brad Adams to charge into fourth before the field completed the first of 27 laps around the 2.08-mile, 14-turn temporary street course.
Moxlow, who drives the No. 48 Ford Mustang Boss 302S sponsored by Eaton Steel Bar Company, Trenton Forging, Detroit Motion Co. and Bard’s Tale Beer Co., also had an excellent start. He came from 12th on the grid to eighth on the scoring pylon by the end of lap one by passing Golinello, Udell, Galati and Adams.
There was a 7-second gap between Bell and the third-place Porsche Cayman of Jack Baldwin when a full-course caution flew on lap four after Mike Skeen’s Nissan crashed and came to a stop in the middle of the track and Povoledo’s Mustang rolled to a stop. Moxlow moved up to sixth with those drivers’ misfortune and Baldwin’s advantage over Bell disappeared due to the caution.
Bell gave his best effort on the lap 11 restart, but instead of being able to mount a charge against Baldwin he was forced to play defense against von Kluge. Baldwin went on to pass Peter Cunningham for second on lap 14 and von Kluge got around Bell for fourth on the same lap, while Moxlow hung tough in sixth.
Bell remained in fifth place until the checkered. Galati passed Moxlow for sixth on lap 17. The Paul Brown/Tiger Racing pair maintained fifth and seventh, respectively, until the race ended under caution on lap 27 after Roger Miller’s Mustang plowed into a tire wall and tipped up on its driver’s side in Turn 1 with 20 laps down.
Saturday’s race, which was part of “The Cadillac V-Series Challenge at the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix of Detroit presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers,” ended under yellow too. Only six of the 23 laps completed in the 50-minute time allotment were run under green.
Bell was ninth on the grid in the GTS class for the start of Saturday’s race and Moxlow was 12th. The event got off to a rocky start when the Volvo of polesitter Randy Pobst didn’t roll at the drop of the green flag and the field was forced to pick its way around him. Bell and Moxlow emerged unscathed but Bill Ziegler, Miller and Rob Stout hit Pobst and/or each other to bring out the first full-course caution. Bell moved up two spots to seventh in the melee but Moxlow lost two spots and fell back to 14th.
Bell passed Golinello on the restart on lap 12 to move into sixth but Golinello got him back on the next lap. Bell dropped from seventh to tenth on lap 14 when he hit a wall himself, but he kept on going and he regained seventh on lap 16 when Golinello, Udell and Galati tangled on lap 16 to bring out the yellow that ended the race.
After Moxlow dropped back two spots in the wild start he passed Todd Napieralski on the restart for 13th place. He dropped back to 14th on lap 14 when Mark Wilkins got by him, but he regained 13th by passing Mark Klenin on lap 15. He got one more position due to the attrition that brought out the last full-course caution and ended up 12th in the final rundown.
“After such a disappointing and frustrating couple of races it was very good to leave Detroit with two cars in the top 10 and cars that could be loaded onto the transporter on their own!, ”said Bell, who is now fourth in the point standings. “Adam Cox, Rob Schnabel and Paul Brown went beyond sanity in their preparation for this race and so to get a solid fifth in race two for the eBay Mobile Mustang was more than satisfying....but I am never totally satisfied unless we get a trophy, so we will work hard at the next race to get that back.
“Compliments to Dane for his fast pace; it was cool to see the second Mustang right there behind me, ”Bell added.
“One last note; my NF heroes were here again to support me and to be honest every time I see them everything is just that much better. I love them all.” (The team participates in the Racing4Research program and supports the Children’s Tumor Foundation, which seeks to raise funds for neurofibromatosis [NF] research.)
“We made incredible progress this weekend,” said Moxlow. “The 48 Mustang Boss 302 was spot-on and we could really challenge everyone on the course. It was such a great learning experience on an iconic track.
“I’m so glad we had a great result at our hometown race in front of our guests from Eaton Steel and Trenton Forging. Without their support we would not have been here. We have to keep our heads down and prepare for Mosport!”
The doubleheader was streamed live on-line at world-challengeTV.com, and that video will be archived on that site. Other information is available on the series’ Web site at world-challenge.com. The event will also be shown on the NBC Sports Network from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, July 7.
Tiger Racing is proud to be partnered with eBay Motors, Kenny Brown Performance, Lucas Oil, Ford Racing, K&N Filters, Eibach, Baer Brakes, Hawk Performance, One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, G-Stream, ERP/JRZ, Tremec Transmission, Bassani Exhaust and Wellendorf Performance.
The next event is June 22-24 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, the new name for Mosport International Raceway, in Mosport, Ontario, Canada.
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.
About Justin Bell: “Exuberant” describes Justin Bell. Whether he’s chasing down the race car that’s just ahead of him or chasing down a story, hosting a TV show or developing fresh content for TV or the Web, Bell attacks everything with enthusiasm and expertise. He can be seen behind the microphone regularly on SPEED co-hosting Barrett Jackson, doing race commentary and on the new show ‘Shut up and Drive,” as well as being a special correspondent for jaylenosgarage.com. Bell is very excited about the second season of his show for eBay Motors, the “World’s Fastest Car Show,” for which he was nominated for a Webby award. His racing resume is also quite impressive, as he won the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998 and he has second-place finishes at Le Mans, the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Petit Le Mans as well. He was the 1997 FIA GT2 world champion driving a Team Oreca Viper. He also has a pair of Trans-Am victories. The son of five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell, he and his family live in Los Angeles. For more information see JustinBell.com.