Jeff Simmons, Jonny Kane tough day in Milwaukee

WEST ALLIS, WIS., (June 5, 2000) - Team KOOL Green's Jeff Simmons started and finished seventh in today's 100-lap race, while his teammate walked away from a hard crash after 77 laps. Kane, who started ninth, was running in 10th position when...

WEST ALLIS, WIS., (June 5, 2000) - Team KOOL Green's Jeff Simmons started and finished seventh in today's 100-lap race, while his teammate walked away from a hard crash after 77 laps. Kane, who started ninth, was running in 10th position when he lost the right rear wheel going into Turn 4. When the yellow waved for Kane's incident, Simmons passed two cars and received a stop-and-go penalty.

Scott Dixon, meanwhile, earned the victory from the pole for the second time in his Indy Lights career. Dixon, the runner-up to Kane as last year's Rookie of the Year, crossed the finish line 8.048 seconds ahead of rookie Jason Bright with Mario Dominguez third.

JEFF SIMMONS, #26 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (Started 7th / Finished 7th)

"When we started off the car had a really bad understeer. A few guys passed me early because I was struggling with to keep control and they went around the outside. I turned the weight-jacker as far as I could to take out the understeer and it really didn't help until late in the race. When the fuel burned off the KOOL car was getting better, but everybody's car was getting better then.

"I had to make the stop-and-go because of Jonny's yellow. I didn't know where it was and I kept going until I heard it was in Turn 4. By that time, I was in the middle of Turn 3 and I passed a couple of guys on the outside. I let them back by, but the steward called me in anyway. That was pretty much the race."

JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (Started 9th / DNF -- 16th)

"On the start, everything got bottled up and I wasn't able to make any places. I was running behind Jeff for a while and I was able to get close to him but then the car would understeer. In traffic, I just couldn't get a proper run on anybody. I was just trying to hang on for a finish. I found that if I got lower down into the corners the car would pick up more grip. I thought I went went too low, putting my front left wheel on the curb and that upset the car enough to put me into the wall. My guys tell me though that it was a mechanical failure."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Scott Dixon , Mario Dominguez , Jonny Kane , Jason Bright , Jeff Simmons