After a very successful 2009 Indianapolis 500 finishing 4th for KV Racing, Townsend Bell has signed on to pilot the #99 Sam Schmidt Motorsports/Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara in the 94th Indianapolis 500.
"I'm excited to be able to confirm my plans for the Indy 500 so early in the year. To be competing with Sam Schmidt gives me a lot of confidence heading into May — I couldn't be in a better position. I have to thank Sam for his efforts to pull this together. I'm looking forward to working with everyone to produce a great result with a fast car." -Townsend Bell
"Winning Indy is clearly a lifetime dream. Last year I said that our effort was our best chance yet to drink milk in victory lane, and I have to say that again going into this year's race. To be partnered with an organization of the caliber of Chip Ganassi Racing speaks for itself. We're especially excited about Townsend driving the car because he's always run really well at the track. He took a limited opportunity last year and parlayed it into a top-five finish, and we're hoping with the combined resources we're providing him in a top flight program, we can all share in a victory celebration come May 30th." -Sam Schmidt
“Our relationship with Sam Schmidt Motorsports has defined very clearly the positive aspects of partnership. We’ve helped each other to provide value on all levels and thereby creating a mutually beneficial relationship that makes opportunities like this very seamless and smooth." -Managing Director of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Mike Hull