Rolex 24 Winner Says Someone Stole His Winning Watch And Indy 500 Rings While He Was Racing

Townsend Bell at the 2013 Indianapolis 500. Photo credit: Michael Hickey/Getty Images
Townsend Bell at the 2013 Indianapolis 500. Photo credit: Michael Hickey/Getty Images

While IndyCar and sports-car regular Townsend Bell was racing the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona International Speedway this weekend, he tweeted, someone allegedly stole a lot of racing jewelry he’d acquired over the years—including a winning watch from the 2014 Rolex 24 and 10 Indianapolis 500 rings, he said.


Bell raced the Rolex 24 Hours, known as the 24 Hours of Daytona without the watch sponsorship, in a Ferrari 488 GT3 in the GT Daytona class on Saturday and Sunday. His four-driver team finished fifth in the class and 25th overall, but not winning the Rolex—and the watches given out to the winners—definitely wasn’t the biggest bummer of his weekend.

Bell tweeted that he got home from the race and realized his house had been burglarized. He said the person or people who broke in stole some of his stuff, including the watch he got after he won the GT Daytona class in 2014. He asked people to look out for the watch and rings online and in pawn shops.

Bell raced the 2014 Rolex on the Level 5 Motorsports team run by payday-loan scammer Scott Tucker, and he, Tucker, Bill Sweedler, Jeff Segal and Alessandro Pier Guidi all drove the car to victory. Now that Bell’s an NBC broadcaster for motorsports, he doesn’t race as much as he used to—it’s often just the Indy 500 and certain IMSA events these days.

Jalopnik reached out to Bell asking for further details on the alleged robbery, as well as the police department in San Luis Obispo, California, where he appears to have a residence. We have yet to hear back from Bell or the police, but will update this story if we do.

Update 5:40 p.m. A spokesperson for the police department in San Luis Obispo said there were no police reports that matched this alleged break in and theft in the area, but, again, it might not have happened there. Jalopnik has yet to hear back from Bell for details.

Staff writer, Jalopnik



I wish he left that fedora at home, too.