Tim Bell Racing Set For IMSA Debut
MOORESVILLE, , N.C. – Tim Bell and Dane Cameron are set to drive for a Brian Richards-managed squad for Tim Bell Racing as the newest team in the 2014 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC).
Experienced CTSCC driver Bell took advantage of an extraordinary opportunity to quickly assemble a new team, and formed Tim Bell Racing this off-season. Even though 24-year old Bell is the youngest team owner in the CTSCC paddock, he had both the passion and the connections to hire a group of very seasoned racers to support the team’s 12-race championship effort.
Bell, who first stepped up to the IMSA ranks as a driver in 2011, will be joined by fellow American pilot Dane Cameron as the two look to make a strong showing in the GS Class championship. The duo will share the driving duties in the No. 28 Tim Bell Racing Nissan 370Z starting with the BMW Performance 200 at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Jan. 25.
Leading the effort will be experienced Team Manager Richards, who has held similar roles at several other top-tier teams.
“I’m really excited to be making this next step in my racing career,” said Bell, who led laps last year in a Nissan 370Z. “This was an opportunity that was too good to pass up, and I’m proud to be working with guys of this caliber. I know from past experience that the Nissan 370Z is a great platform for this series. With Dane and me driving, and Brian managing the program, I’m optimistic about the results we can deliver as a new team.”
While the sign on the door at the team shop in Mooresville, is a freshly-painted one, the group has no shortage of experience and is expected to be a factor from the drop of the green flag in Daytona.
“It takes so much to win one of these CTSCC races,” said Cameron. “Every part of the program has to be polished and Tim is doing a great job of putting those pieces in place. I think this 370Z will be a competitive package, right out of the gate.”
Cameron, who impressed in his debut season behind the wheel of Daytona Prototypes last year, will be making his first full-season campaign in the CTSCC.
Moving from being a driver to a dual-focus role as team owner, Bell will aim to make the most of some familiar surroundings as he looks to lead more laps from behind the wheel of the Nissan 370Z.
The 2014 IMSA season-opener will see Tim Bell Racing stage a one-car campaign, with the team evaluating options for a second GS Class Nissan 370Z entry as the year progresses.
The team recently wrapped up some shakedown testing ahead of making its first official appearance at the World Center of Racing as the next era in IMSA racing opens Jan. 25.