On his path to becoming a NASCAR star, Christopher Bell never passes up an opportunity to return to his roots of Dirt Midget racing. So when the Norman, Oklahoma native received his invite to compete in the inaugural Indy Invitational, he didn’t have to think twice.
Bell, who will be driving for Keith Kunz Motorsports, quickly accepted the invite and is among the list of favorites to capture the $10,000 top prize Saturday night.
“I think it’s the greatest idea in the history of indoor racing to have an indoor Midget race on PRI weekend in downtown Indy,” Bell told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “It’s just unheard of. It’s the greatest idea ever.”
Being the inaugural running of the race, Bell said that he really has no expectations going in. He believes that the biggest question mark will be the racing surface, as the track crew will not be able to start building the track until early Saturday morning due to an Indiana Pacers (NBA) game being held at the arena Friday night.
“Nobody knows what we’re going to get when we arrive there,” Bell stated. “I think even the track builders included don’t really know what we’re going to get. I don’t think that there’s ever quite been an event that’s had to be put together overnight, literally, in order to race the next day. Hopefully the track builders will do a good job in giving us something we can race on.”
Once the track surface is prepared, one of the most talented and diverse group of drivers found anywhere will take center stage. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, UMP DIRTcar Late Models and USAC Midgets will be among the different forms of racing represented.
“That’s what is also really cool about the Chili Bowl. You have all of these different kinds of race car drivers from different styles of racing,” Bell explained. “We’re kind of getting that mixture here this weekend in Indy. It’s cool to race against people that you don’t normally get to race against on a normal basis.”
Bell, who became a well-known racer as a result of his success racing Dirt Midgets, will be taking a step up the ladder in 2016 racing full-time for Kyle Bush Motorsports on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series circuit. With his schedule getting busier and busier, he says that he cherishes his every opportunity to strap back into a dirt car.
“It’s so much fun,” said Bell. “It’s something that I enjoy doing and will always enjoy doing so I cherish every race I get to run and I’m really looking forward to seeing a successful Indy Invitational for many years to come.”
For Bell, the only thing that would make the Indy Invitational better would be if he’s standing in victory lane with the checkered flag Saturday night.
“It’d be really cool,” Bell said. “It pays really well so that’s always a big incentive to try to run good. Not only does it pay well, but it’s an indoor Midget race in downtown Indy. It doesn’t get much cooler than that.”
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-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51