Indianapolis (August 9th 2000) Ulsterman Jonny Kane looks forward to this weekend's seventh round of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship at Mid-Ohio. Kane had a disappointing weekend at the last round in Chicago when an accident in...
Indianapolis (August 9th 2000) Ulsterman Jonny Kane looks forward to this weekend's seventh round of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship at Mid-Ohio. Kane had a disappointing weekend at the last round in Chicago when an accident in qualifying forced Kane to withdraw from the race.
The 34 lap Indy Lights race will be the official support event to the Miller Lite 200 CART FedEx Championship Series at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course at Lexington, Ohio.
Kane will be glad to see the series return to a natural road course again after the run of his misfortune at recent oval meetings. The 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio track is one of the most physically demanding of the series. There are 14 turns and many changes in elevation; this combined with the lack of long straights to give the driver a rest makes it a test of ability and fitness. The track is somewhat unique in that the race does not start and finish in the same place. The finish is as tradition in front of the pits, but the green flag is dropped as the driver's pass along the back straight.
Jonny has not raced at the Mid-Ohio track, as it is a new addition to the 2000 calendar. However Kane showed his potential for a victory at an official test there earlier this year when he was fastest on both days. Kane now lies 10th in the championship and needs to make up points fast for his assault on the leaders.
JONNY KANE, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN
"We had an extremely good test there earlier this year. Although we are only tenth in the championship a couple of good results could move us up rapidly as the points difference is not that big. Qualifying will be very important as there is probably only one good overtaking opportunity out the back. There are several blind corners, which could make it difficult following some one. It is a demanding circuit but one that I enjoy. As we enter the second half of the season and people sort out what they are doing next year it is a good time to show people exactly what I am capable of."