IPS: Simmons fastest at Milwaukee practice

Jeff Simmons turned the quickest lap in practice for Sunday's Milwaukee 100 at the Milwaukee Mile today. Simmons topped both 30-minute Menards Infiniti Pro Series practice sessions setting his best lap this morning at an average speed of 137.797...

Jeff Simmons turned the quickest lap in practice for Sunday's Milwaukee 100 at the Milwaukee Mile today. Simmons topped both 30-minute Menards Infiniti Pro Series practice sessions setting his best lap this morning at an average speed of 137.797 mph.

The top three drivers set their best lap this morning with Jon Herb touring the flat mile track at 137.248 mph and Jay Drake third at 136.627 mph.

Several Pro Series drivers were able to test at Milwaukee before the event but Simmons wasn't one of them. "We have to be happy with the way things went today," said Simmons. "We didn't test here and a lot of the other teams did. We just have to keep making the right changes tomorrow."

Simmons has drawn the third qualifying position and he's worried the rubber from the USAC cars on this weekend's card may adversely affect his run. "Qualifying is going to be tough but we know we have a fast car."

Herb and Drake saw their times drop off during the second session with Herb attributing the slower speeds to the track getting "slippery and greasy."

"Obviously, the track slowed down a bunch here. I think on a cleaner track we'd be a lot faster, but we've got to deal with what we've got here today.

Jaime Camara, who was fourth fastest today, was one of the four drivers to set their best lap in the afternoon. Camara earned last weekend's pole at Nashville and led every lap on his way to his second victory. With Tim Neff directing the engineering efforts of Camara's Sam Schmidt Motorsports entry this team may be back on top during tomorrow's qualifying. Camara spent much of today practicing honing his race setup on used tires.

Series points leader Wade Cunningham was fifth fastest today and he'll be a threat to win the pole too. Nick Bussell and Chris Festa were sixth and seventh, respectively, while Cunningham's teammate Arie Luyendyk Jr. was eighth fastest on the day.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Jon Herb , Sam Schmidt , Jeff Simmons , Jay Drake , Nick Bussell , Chris Festa , Wade Cunningham , Jaime Camara , Arie Luyendyk Jr.