ST. PETERSBURG — A long-running desire to race burned inside Jason Bell, ever since he tried his hand at it when he was a kid. But as one of six children, Bell ran into the same barrier a lot of aspiring young racers hit. No, not a racetrack wall.


Fast forward to 2009. As a successful business owner in his mid 30s, finances finally allowed Bell to begin racing again. Thus began a long path that led to the downtown streets of St. Petersburg.

Friday, at age 42, the Lithia native took his biggest step in racing with his debut in the GTS class of the Pirelli World Challenge sports car series.

“I don’t feel 42,” Bell said Friday after his first of two races at this weekend’s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. “On the racetrack I’m probably 25.”

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