Jeff Simmons returns to the Indy Racing League's IndyCar Series on Wednesday (May 14th) when he joins Foyt Racing in the No. 41 car for practice leading up to the 2008 Indianapolis 500. Jeff Simmons. Photo by Dana Garrett - ...
Jeff Simmons returns to the Indy Racing League's IndyCar Series on Wednesday (May 14th) when he joins Foyt Racing in the No. 41 car for practice leading up to the 2008 Indianapolis 500.
Simmons drove for Foyt in the Firestone Indy Lights Series in 2004, taking a second-place finish over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2.5 mile oval in the Freedom 100.
More recently Simmons has contested the ovals at Kansas Speedway and the street course in St. Petersburg, Florida, as a driver for Team Moore in the current Indy Lights season.
Simmons will join Englishman Darren Manning in the Foyt garages, while Pablo Donoso takes over Simmons' seat at Team Moore in the Indy Lights for this year's Indy Lights race at the Brickyard May 23rd, allowing Simmons to fully concentrate on making it into the 33 car field.
"It's great to be back with A.J.'s team," said Simmons. "I'm looking forward to working with A.J. and Darren and the whole Foyt team. Darren can help me get up to speed quickly and hopefully I can contribute something to the team as we get ready for qualifying next weekend.
"A.J. is taking it on himself to put me in this car so I just want to do the best job I can for his team."
Simmons has started the Memorial Day race on three occasions, finishing eleventh in 2007.
"I'm glad to be working with Jeff again," said Foyt. "I like the way he drives and the way he hustles the car pretty hard which is what I look for in young drivers."
In 25 starts in the IndyCar Series, Jeff has posted 11 top-10 finishes and has led eight laps, including a lap in last year's Indy 500. His best finish is sixth, which came in 2007 at Texas Motor Speedway where he led twice.
Simmons will have three days of practice time before the final weekend of qualifying begins. Rain washed out the second qualifying day after Saturday's run for the pole. Scott Dixon nailed down the fastest time, leading the 11 positions filled on Pole Day. There are 22 positions remaining for Foyt Racing and the other teams to make the grid for the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500.
Both Simmons and Manning will make attempts along with the rest of the non-qualifiers. Saturday marks third day qualifying and Sunday will be the famous Bump Day.