Mid-Ohio (August 12th 2000) Ulsterman Jonny Kane ran into more misfortune in today's qualifying for the Dayton Indy Lights round at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Jonny came away with third position but was disappointed as the session was cut...
Mid-Ohio (August 12th 2000) Ulsterman Jonny Kane ran into more misfortune in today's qualifying for the Dayton Indy Lights round at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Jonny came away with third position but was disappointed as the session was cut short.
Kane looked sure to confirm his provisional pole from yesterday when he had a full second up on everyone at the halfway stage of today's final qualifying session. Jonny pitted for new tyres and was just getting up to speed for a quick one when team mate, Jeff Simmons, spun ahead of him causing a red flag that was to run to the end of the session. This saw Jason Bright take the pole with a time of 1:14.513 seconds, followed by teammate Townsend Bell (1:14.569 seconds). Jonny's time of 1:14.618 seconds saw him take third position with Felipe Giaffone (1:14.865 seconds) to line up alongside him on the grid for tomorrow's race.
JONNY KANE, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN (Qualified 3rd)
"I am very disappointed really. I thought we had a great chance to get the pole. I did a (one-minute) 14.6 on the first set of tyres but I caught a bit of traffic so I came in. Otherwise I would have kept running. I think I could have done a better time on that first set, but we were running out of time for the session. I came in and went to the second set and equalled my best time on just my second lap when I wasn't really trying for it. I was just building up for the quick one the lap after when Jeff spun in front of me and hit the wall causing a red flag that was to end the session. I think we got done out of pole as we were certainly capable of it.
Qualifying is important here as I tried following a car closely today for a bit and unfortunately I think it will be very difficult to pass as you start to lose the front end the closer you get. The Team KOOL Green car is very good this weekend and we've tested a lot on high mileage tyres and it stays consistent. I can still do quick times even when the tyres go off, so hopefully the front two will make some mistakes when their tyres start to go."
EDDIE JONES, TEAM KOOL GREEN INDY LIGHTS CHIEF ENGINEER
"I think tomorrow should be a good race because without a doubt Jonny is the quickest out there. It is just a case of getting the gap he needs to pass the two Dorricotts in front of him. He was clearly the quickest car in qualifying. When I looked at the data, he had given up three tenths at turn one on his second lap on the new tyres and was just starting to build up speed. The rest of the lap Jonny was three tenths quicker than his quickest lap so we were clearly on for a low 14. He will be looking for a way by in the race tomorrow and I think he could end up winning it."