SLO High grad victorious in 24-hour motorsport race

June 21, 2016
Townsend Bell

Townsend Bell

San Luis Obispo High School grad Townsend Bell helped lead his racing team to victory over the weekend in one of motorsport’s most prestigious events, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 24-hour race in France is the oldest active competition in endurance racing, and it is part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport.

Bell’s team, Scuderia Corsa, finished three minutes ahead of the second place finisher and lapped the rest of the field. Bell, as well as his teammates, Jeff Segal and Bill Sweedler, were driving the No. 62 Ferrari 458 Italia.

The race began on Saturday and ended Sunday. Bell was the driver who gave Scuderia Corsa its first lead. That came on Saturday evening in the fifth hour of the race. Segal took the checkered flag just after 3 p.m. Sunday.

Scuderia Corsa’s Ferrari completed 331 trouble-free laps of the 8.5-mile road circuit. The Scuderia Corsa crew executed 25 mistake-free pit stops.

Bell said his team had an excellent race.

“The Ferrari was exceptional, and my teammates were so fast that we won it with a margin. You can’t ask for a better race than this,” Bell said.


In May, Bell qualified in the fourth position for the Indianapolis 500. He finished the race in 21st place.

Bell has not raced full-time in more than a decade. He also works as an auto racing commentator for NBC Sports,

Both Bell’s mother and brother live in San Luis Obispo.

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Congrats Townsend!

You impressed by qualifying fourth quickest at Indy. You ran well and competed for the lead until a late race pit stop mishap, which was no fault of your own.

And now this, a win at the 24 hours! You are one of a very, very few!

To you who are reading this, I have never met Townsend. I do not know his family or friends. All I know is that he was a SLO High graduate, and his Mom and brother still live in town.

What I do know is that he is a tremendously talented race car driver. Fearless and confident.

Also too, your race commentary on NBC Sports is SUPERB!

I hope your family and friends are proud of you. They should be!