CIR­CUIT OF THE AMER­I­CAS

Drivers learn what works, what doesn’t to pre­pare for races on next year’s sched­ule.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Dave Doolittle ddoolit­tle@states­man.com states­man.com. states­man.com/ for­mula1. Cir­cuit C

Cal­i­for­nia race driver Matt Bell climbed into a mod­i­fled Chevy Ca­maro about 3 p.m. Tues­day and roared off into the crisp De­cem­ber af­ter­noon for a few laps at Cir­cuit of the Amer­i­cas.

Bell, 26, who drives for Steven­son Mo­tor­sports in Grand-Am’s Con­ti­nen­tal Tire Sports Car Chal­lenge se­ries, had taken a few laps in the morn­ing, mostly to get a feel for the twisty 3.4-mile road course. By the af­ter­noon, the team had started to make ad­just­ments to the car to boost its per­for­mance.

“Ev­ery day, es­pe­cially with a pro­duc­tion car that’s go­ing rac­ing, is a school day,” Bell ■ See more pho­tos from the test­ing with this story at ■ Get the lat­est news on Austin rac­ing at

Ssaid dur­ing a lunch break. “You make one change and 15 dif­fer­ent as­pects of a car also change with it, so you’re al­ways chas­ing that ideal

LAURA SKELDING / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

Sev­eral Grand-Am teams took test drives at Cir­cuit of the Amer­i­cas on Tues­day in prepa­ra­tion for the 2013 races on site. ‘My ini­tial im­pres­sion is this track is awe­some, the fa­cil­ity is amaz­ing,’ Turner Mo­tor­sport pres­i­dent Will Turner said.

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