Detroit Johnny Kane Earns Another Pole

DETROIT, MI., (June 17, 2000) - Team KOOL Green’s Jonny Kane earned the fourth Indy Lights pole of his career and his second this season for tomorrow’s 32-lap race on the raceway at Belle Isle. Kane won the pole in the season-opener at Long...

DETROIT, MI., (June 17, 2000) - Team KOOL Green’s Jonny Kane earned the fourth Indy Lights pole of his career and his second this season for tomorrow’s 32-lap race on the raceway at Belle Isle. Kane won the pole in the season-opener at Long Beach and set a track record today with a time of 1:21.840 seconds, averaging 103.196 mph. He outpaced Casey Mears by 0.052 seconds, who will line up next to Kane with a time of 1:21.892 seconds (103.131 mph). Felipe Giaffone will start third.

Jeff Simmons, meanwhile, could not find a clear lap in today’s qualifying session. Simmons will start ninth after posting a time of 1:22.816 seconds (101.988 mph). He has tomorrow’s warm-up at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time to improve his car before the green flag at 11:15 a.m.

JEFF SIMMONS, #26 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:
(9th with a lap-time of 1:22.816 seconds at 101.988 mph)

“I’m disappointed with the way qualifying went for us. Team KOOL Green was looking really strong after yesterday with Jonny and I being 1-2. I went faster today, but so did everybody else. We qualified ninth, so there’s no reason to think that we’re faster than anybody else ahead of us. I think I could have gone quicker if I got a full run on my new set of tires. I only got one lap before a red flag came out. We’ll have to figure something out in tomorrow’s warm-up.”

JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:
(1st with a lap-time of 1:21.840 seconds at 103.196 mph)

“Team KOOL Green is now two-for-two with poles on the streets this season (Kane won pole on the streets of Long Beach). I’m very happy, but I didn’t get a very good lap to be honest. The session was very messy with traffic and cautions flags. I think we could have gone a few tenths quicker. It was just too tough to get a clear lap to go faster. You think you’ve given yourself enough room and you don’t realize how fast you catch up to people.

“The plan tomorrow is do everything like Long Beach except the last four laps. We dominated that race, but one simple mistake cost us (he missed a turn). I think we have enough speed here that we should be able to pull away.”

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Casey Mears , Jonny Kane , Jeff Simmons