INDIANAPOLIS – Two-time IndyCar Series championship team Panther Racing announced today that former driver Townsend Bell will return to the team this May to drive the No. 60 Sunoco Turbo Chevrolet in the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Bell’s Sunoco Chevrolet will feature the same livery and crew uniforms as highlighted in the upcoming DreamWorks Animation production ‘Turbo’, which will be released in theaters on July 17. Bell started a total of 11 races for Panther between 2004-2005 and is returning to the IndyCar cockpit for the first time since the Indianapolis 500 last year.
“We’re happy to have Townsend back,” Panther Racing CEO and Managing Partner John Barnes said. “We really want to thank Sunoco for giving us an opportunity to expand our program this May and bring a familiar face back to Panther. We take a great deal of pride in being able to compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and we feel like this addition really strengthens our effort with JR Hildebrand and Oriol Servia as we prepare to make another run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
Bell, who doubles as a broadcaster on NBC Sports Network’s IndyCar telecasts, will be looking to make his seventh career start in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. After making his Indianapolis Motor Speedway debut in 2006, Bell has made a total of six starts on the historic 2.5-mile oval, capturing three top 10 finishes and a best finish of fourth place in 2011 while running for Schmidt Pelfrey Racing.