Bell rings true in Toronto Indy Lights

Townsend Bell took a huge leap towards the Dayton Indy Lights title at Toronto on Sunday by extending his points lead with his third victory of the season.

Bell rings true in Toronto Indy Lights

In a dominant performance, Bell led from start to finish and set fastest race lap to cross the finish line over seven seconds ahead of Mario Dominguez and Damien Faulkner.

"I have so much confidence when I get into the car on race day because my crew takes care of the details," said Bell. "I know the set-up is going to be spot on. This is such an interesting track. It keeps your attention and since it was my first time in Toronto to race, I had to have a fast learning curve."

Bell, who started from his third pole of the season, drove away from the field until lap 14, when the first of two full course caution flags was shown because Cory Witherill hit the wall exiting Turn 1. Bell opened up a four-second lead before Kansas winner Kristian Kolby slid into the tyrewall at Turn 8 on lap 25, but the young American was untroubled from the restart to the chequered flag.

Behind him, Faulkner passed Derek Higgins for fourth at Turn 1 after the first restart on lap 16. Higgins went down the Turn 3 escape road soon after and finished ninth, one lap down. Faulkner then moved to third when mechanical problems knocked Dan Wheldon off the pace, but he couldn't find a way past Dominguez in the latter stages.

"Mario was tougher to deal around," said Faulkner. "One would think the straight by Turn 3 would be a good passing area, but I couldn't catch him. Mario was very good out of Turn 1 so it was difficult to get a run. He covered the inside well. He may have given me room around the outside into Turn 3 but it's like a funnel there. I may not have made it out, and I didn't want that high a risk."

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