CXC development driver Townsend Bell will race for the 3rd consecutive time in this year’s Indy500 for the SSM Herbalife team, it was confirmed earlier this month. His car, prepared by Schmidt Pelfrey Racing, will once again be the Honda-powered No.99 BraunAbility/Schmidt Pelfrey Motorsports car which will give him another great shot at winning.
Previously Townsend had his best finish in 4th place in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 race; in 2010 he came in 16th place and in 2011 he only placed 26th – after qualifying in the Top 5 – when his day disappointingly came to an early end after an accident on lap 157. Quoting Sam Schmidt, who owns the team: “Townsend is one of those drivers that gets it done at Indy, and I am excited to have him driving the No. 99 BraunAbility car this May. To say we have unfinished business together at Indy may be a cliché, but it is true. We’ve started our first two races together with legitimate shots at winning. This year should be no different.”
Townsend Bell, who one of the CXC Simulations’ development drivers, was only recently caught up in a tragic 15-car wreck at the Kentucky Indy 300 last year. The horrible wreckage resulted in the death of two-time Indy500 winner Dan Wheldon, who took the Indianapolis 500 title in 2005 and 2011. In the latter year, he and Townsend were at a close battle for the title until Townsend’s lap 157 accident. For this reason, it’s no surprise that the entire team at CXC is keeping an even closer eye on Townsend for the 2012 Indiana500 race! The Californian born Indy racecar driver has tried and tested many racing simulators and finds the CXC Motion Pro II racecar simulator to be his favorite by far – he uses it as a valuable racing training tool. For Townsend, using the CXC Motion pro racing car simulator is a nice accelerant to race preparation, since it also provides excellent tactile feedback. These are features that should come in very handy for the 2012 Indy500 race, for which CXC Simulations wishes Townsend the very best of luck! We will be watching, of course.
Townsend is sponsored by Herbalife: check out his cool workout video – the CXC Motion pro racing car simulator made the cut!
CXC Simulations are headquartered in Marina del Rey, California. The company developed a specialist racing car simulator about which AutoWeek said, “might just be the best racing simulator in the world.”The racing car simulator is not only perfectly suitable for pro drivers and race teams, but is also practical and exciting for home use. Developed in collaboration with professional racecar drivers and engineers over a period of two years, the result was the CXC Motion Pro II Simulator,
The CXC Motion Pro II is meticulously assembled from aluminum, laser-cut steel and carbon fiber, the same materials as racecars. Powered by a purpose-built rack-mounted simulation computer, it is compatible with all major commercial and online racing software options and users may choose from a nearly inexhaustible and ever-increasing list of modern or vintage cars to drive, including F1, GT, NASCAR, sports cars, off-road, open-wheel and rally (even race boats) and tracks around the world to race on. Yet the implementation and interpretation of that software is what separates the MP II from other simulators; the precise timing, intensity and accuracy of its proprietary full-motion system, tactile transducers and force-feedback controls, together with 5.1 surround sound and a 1080p high-definition video display – all working together to give you a realistic sensation of racing. Trusted by professional racers and loved by home simulator users, the CXC Motion Pro II provides the best racing simulator experience of any simulator on the market.