K1 Speed in Irvine California was visited by Indy Car driver Townsend Bell this past weekend. Bell began racing go-karts at the age of 12 and spent 6 years racing in regional and national events. After college he went to the Skip Barber driving school in 1996 and decided racing would be his career. After working to capture the funds to get a ride in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Western series, his driving efforts would reward him with the opportunity to drive in the the Barber Dodge Pro Series. He began to climb up the racing ladder and make headway, making the move to Indy Lites, finishing second in 2000 and winning the overall championship in 2001 over Dan Wheldon. The same year he made his debut in the CART FedEx Championship series driving for Patrick Racing in Germany and England.
In 2003 he took his talents overseas driving in the Formula 3000 series finishing second in the rookie standings, becoming the first American to score an F3000 podium. His talents were rewarded with limited roles as a test driver for the BAR/Honda and Jaguar Formula 1 teams, and a commentating role for Speed TV during Formula 1 races. In 2004, Bell made the return to the states as an Indy Car driver where he competes now, and in 2010 he entered his fourth Indianapolis 500 start, driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports as a co-entry for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
You can see more on Townsend Bell and his racing efforts on his website