Jonny Kane, Jeff simmons lead Detroit Friday qualifying

DETROIT, MI., (June 16, 2000) - Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane and Jeff Simmons were the two fastest drivers in today's provisional qualifying. Kane earned the pole with a time of 1:23.309 seconds, averaging 101.377 mph around the 14-turn Belle...

DETROIT, MI., (June 16, 2000) - Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane and Jeff Simmons were the two fastest drivers in today's provisional qualifying. Kane earned the pole with a time of 1:23.309 seconds, averaging 101.377 mph around the 14-turn Belle Isle circuit. Simmons was also quick with a lap of 1:23.810 seconds (100.771 mph). Points leader Scott Dixon was third fastest with a time of 1:24.185 seconds (100.322 mph).

JEFF SIMMONS, #26 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:
(2nd with a lap-time of 1:23.810 seconds at 100.771 mph)

"Early on in the qualifying session we were P-1 (first) before the final red flag came out. We stuck on the new tires then because we knew that there wouldn't be much time left. It was all a matter of trying to get a clear lap. I followed Jonny out when we went green and he let me pass after the first lap. I found a good gap and took what the new tires would give me. I ended up with a little bit of oversteer in Turn 3, so I backed off that lap. On my last lap, I was pretty cautious in a couple of places because I didn't want to throw away another lap. So, I think there's more in the car.

"A little bit of tuning to get the car right, I put the lap together and I think we have a shot at the pole just like Jonny does. It's important for us at Team KOOL Green to have Jonny and I starting up front to keep pace with Dixon and Bright."

JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:
(1st with a lap-time of 1:23.309 seconds at 101.377 mph)

"That session went perfectly really. It's always nice to be at the top of the timesheets for Team KOOL Green. I did get caught in traffic for a couple of laps and then I put a decent lap in on my older set of tires. Unfortunately, when I went out on new tires and had a fantastic lap waved off (due to a red flag). I was nearly all the way around and it was on course to be a 23.6 lap. That would have put me on pole by quite a bit at that time. The good thing is I did another quick first lap out after the red. I worked traffic again to find a gap and hit that 23.3 lap.

"We won't change a thing for tomorrow. We've been developing this car over a long period time from last year and the early part of this year since Long Beach. It worked well in Long Beach where we were on pole, so I think we'll stay with what we got."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Scott Dixon , Jonny Kane