Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti confirmed in Phoenix on Friday that his outfit will field Townsend Bell in a fifth car for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 29.
Bell will drive the No.29 Honda and has an impressive CV with nine Indianapolis 500 starts to his name with his best finish of fourth place coming in 2009.
Speaking about Bell’s appointment to the team, Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti commented by saying:
We’re really pleased to be able to field a fifth entry for Townsend, 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.
Bell will join his team mate’s Ryan Hunter Reay, Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz and Alexander Rossi at the Brickyard on May 16 as preparations get underway for the historic race.
Speaking about at the announcement Bell commented by saying:
Driving in the 100th Running of the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport is a great opportunity, 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.
Andretti Autosport have won three Indianapolis 500 races with Dan Wheldon (2005), Dario Franchitti (2007), and Ryan Hunter Reay in 2014.