John prevailed in a terrific battle with Billy Johnson to win Friday evening's Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Road America. For John and Matt Bell this was their first victory of the season in the No. 9 Stevenson Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro. Matt drove from 12th to 1st in six laps and turned the car over to John in the lead.Following driver changes, the race turned into a dogfight between Billy Johnson and John.
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Lakeville, Conn. (28 May 2011) After a cut tire sent Matt Bell into a spin, he had to pit early. “I felt the tire going down, and then it just let go and spun me around,” said Bell. “The guys did a great job to get me back out quickly but in a green flag stop you are just going to lose a lap here at Lime Rock. We were lucky not to lose two." Despite falling to 22nd following the unscheduled green flag pit stop, Bell drove well and began methodically moving up through the field.
John did double-duty last weekend at Daytona International Speedway. He made his debut with Stevenson Motorsports in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on Friday and also split time behind the wheel of the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazada RX-8 in the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Saturday and Sunday.
John has been honored as one of this year’s inductees into the prestigous Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC). This is a great honor, joining an all-star cast of inductees including Champions from Indy-Car, ALMS, Grand-AM, Star Mazda, Formula Atlantic, Super Vee, Touring Car, and the most influential figures in motorsports. “This is a truly outstanding group that represents virtually every form of road racing in North America.
A caution flag can destroy the perfect pit strategy at the wrong time. Sudden rain, or rain stopping, can leave one with the wrong chassis set-up. There will always be outside factors beyond the control of a driver or team. Often those factors are financial in nature. The great drivers and teams succeed by dealing with obstacles of all sorts (for example - finishing on the podium in the GrandAm finale at Miller, right).
For John's dad in particular, it was the stuff dreams are made of. The Nurburgring is without question the greatest and most famous racing venue in the world. The VLN course at 14.65 miles is an incredible test of man and machine, and for this 6 hour endurance race, 180 vehicles.
For John's dad in particular, it was the stuff of dreams. The Nurburgring is without question the greatest and most famous racing venue in the world. The VLN course at 14.65 miles is an incredible test of man and machine, and for this 6 hour endurance race, 180 vehicles were entered.