Team Kool Green Gateway qualifying

MADISON, ILL (September 16, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green drivers Jeff Simmons and Jonny Kane will start third and 14th respectively in tomorrow's Indy Lights race at Gateway International Raceway. Simmons earned the second-row starting spot with a ...

MADISON, ILL (September 16, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green drivers Jeff Simmons and Jonny Kane will start third and 14th respectively in tomorrow's Indy Lights race at Gateway International Raceway. Simmons earned the second-row starting spot with a quick lap of 28.855 seconds (158.447 mph), while Kane's lap time was 29.808 seconds (153.382 mph).

Townsend Bell captured the pole position with a fast lap of 28.625 seconds (159.721mph) and series points leader Scott Dixon will start second with a lap of 28.766 seconds (158.938mph).

Indy Lights drivers have one final on-track session tomorrow morning, with warm-up scheduled for 9:00 -- 9:15 a.m. Sunday's one-hour race begins at 11:00 a.m. and will be televised on tape delay on ESPN2, Sunday at 5:30 p.m. (All times are Central Daylight Time.)

JEFF SIMMONS, #26 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:
(3rd with a lap time of 28.855 seconds / 158.447 mph)

"The car wasn't bad, we just had too much understeer, which is the way the it's been the whole weekend. We were pretty close to our quickest time this morning. The KOOL car just picked up a little more understeer off of both corners, both ends of the track. But I didn't think I could go much quicker than that. We made quite a few small changes after practice this morning but I don't think they had a whole lot of effect, really. We'll probably try some things tomorrow morning in warm-up. I don't usually hope for this, but I was pulling for the points leader (Scott Dixon) to get the pole because I'm trying to catch Townsend Bell for Rookie of the Year honors, and I was hoping he wouldn't get the extra point. We'll just have to try to make up for it in the race tomorrow."

JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:
(14th with a lap time of 29.808 seconds / 153.382 mph)

"The car felt pretty similar to this morning, but we didn't really get a good time out of it. We were only three-tenths (of a second) off Jeff (Simmons, teammate) this morning so I'm not sure why we didn't go quicker. I thought we'd have gone better than that. Maybe I just didn't push it enough. The KOOL car seems to be handling okay, but it's a bit more close to being neutral. It felt better in (turns) one and two but that makes it more neutral in three and four which made me probably too cautious through there. And most of the lap time here depends on getting through three and four quickly. We've got our work cut out for us tomorrow."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Scott Dixon , Townsend Bell , Jonny Kane