SLO High grad shines in Indy 500 trials
May 21, 2016
Townsend Bell, a 41-year-old San Luis Obispo High School grad, was the fastest Saturday in initial qualifying rounds for the Indy 500. By the end of the day, Bell finished fifth securing him a very good shot for a pole position on Sunday.
Amid brutal conditions, Bell made a qualifying run of 230.582 mph giving him a shot at his first Indy 500 win.
Canadian James Hinchcliffe was the fastest qualifier at a speed of 230.946. Ryan Hunter-Reay was second at 230.805 mph and Will Power came in third at 230.736 mph.
Bell has not raced full-time in more than a decade. He currently works as an auto racing commentator for NBC Sports.
Bell’s mother and brother live in San Luis Obispo.