Bell secures Indy 500 drive with Andretti Autosport

Veteran American racer Townsend Bell will race the fifth Andretti Autosport entry in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in May.

Bell will join regular drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz and Alexander Rossi in the team for the legendary race, and will be aiming to race in his ninth consecutive Indy 500 this year.

“Driving in the 100th Running of the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport is a great opportunity,” said Bell. “I think I’ll benefit from being part of a strong, multi-car team with a winning pedigree at Indy.

“This is my ninth-consecutive start and I’m glad it’s all come together the way it has – I’m looking forward to working with Honda again and having the chance to race for one of the best teams in the sport.”

Team owner Michael Andretti has welcomed Bell to the team, and believes the American has everything it needs to get quickly up to speed around the oval circuit that opens for practice on May 16.

“We’re really pleased to be able to field a fifth entry for Townsend,” said Andretti. “Even though he is not in the car full time, Townsend has proven he can quickly get up to speed – he’s shown it’s possible to compete once a year and be competitive.

“We see a lot of promise in his ability and are looking forward to having five cars challenging for a win at the 100th Running this May.”