3-Minute Interview: Townsend Bell

The San Francisco native will try to post his first IndyCar victory when the Indy Racing League takes on the road course at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma on Sunday. He splits time with teammate Milka Duno in Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s second car.

How does a San Francisco guy become interested in being an IndyCar driver? When I was 10 years old, my father made a deal with me and my two brothers — we could go anywhere in the U.S. on a special trip with Dad. I wanted to go to the Indy 500. I flew out there and it had a lasting impression.

Since Indy was such a dream, what was it like participating in your second one this year and finishing 10th? It’s such a sweet event. Someone told me that the Monday after your first Indy 500, you start counting the days until your next. It’s true. There’s such a history [and] authenticity to it. It’s such a fabric of American sports.

Are you satisfied with where you’re at right now? Not really. We’ve struggled a bit. The year for me is a part-time season, eight races. It’s hard to do part-time. … I’ve been a little bit off not having my seat at all times. But I love the guys, the engineers, the mechanics.

Do you think you will have a full-time opportunity? We’re working hard at that. A lot of people would like to see that. The momentum of the IndyCar Series and all of the positive news this year [with the unification with Champ Car], it’s just a thrill to see IndyCar on the upswing.

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