Simmons, Kane Fontana finale report

Fontana, Calif. (October 29, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green Indy Lights drivers Jeff Simmons and Jonny Kane wrapped up the 2000 season by posting a pair of top-ten finishes in the season finale at California Speedway. Simmons, who started 13th, came...

Fontana, Calif. (October 29, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green Indy Lights drivers Jeff Simmons and Jonny Kane wrapped up the 2000 season by posting a pair of top-ten finishes in the season finale at California Speedway. Simmons, who started 13th, came home in sixth place. Kane began the race one position behind his teammate, in 14th, and finished 10th. Both drivers also ended up in the top ten in the season points standings, with Simmons 7th and Kane 10th.

Scott Dixon won the Indy Lights championship, and his sixth race of the year, narrowly edging out Townsend Bell by a scant .016 seconds at the finish line after a hard-fought battle throughout the 50-lap race. Third place went to Tony Renna. Bell also claimed second in the season standings, with Casey Mears third.

JEFF SIMMONS, #26 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:
(Started 13th / Finished 6th / 7th in season point standings)
"I was working very hard to get the KOOL car up front. The moves that I made at Michigan didn't work here because I think a lot of guys made their cars better here and they figured out how to stay right on the car in front of them. Starting so far back, we just couldn't seem to break into the top five and then stay in line. We just kept getting pushed out of line. Jonny (Kane) and I tried to hook up a few times, but two cars just isn't enough to make a difference."

JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:
(Started 14th / Finished 10th / 10th in season point standings)
"It was a strange race - these races are always like that, really. I don't think they give you a good example of what skill anyone has out there. It's a case of trying to stay in the train, and if you get bumped off the train then you find yourself in the back trying to work your way forward again. We were quite well up there for a while, but we got shuffled back. It's a disappointing way to end the season for Team KOOL Green, but you come to these races knowing it's a bit of a lottery. We won it here last year, but we only started 14th today and it was difficult to get up to the front from there."

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