IRL: Kansas: Jeff Simmons to drive for Patrick Racing

Patrick Racing Taps Jeff Simmons to Drive at Kansas Speedway JACKSON, MI - - JULY 2, 2004 - - U. E "Pat" Patrick announced today that Jeff Simmons will takeover for the recently retired Al Unser Jr. behind the wheel of the ...

Patrick Racing Taps Jeff Simmons to Drive at Kansas Speedway

JACKSON, MI - - JULY 2, 2004 - - U. E "Pat" Patrick announced today that Jeff Simmons will takeover for the recently retired Al Unser Jr. behind the wheel of the #20 Patrick Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry, which has associate sponsorship from Stacker 2, this weekend at the Argent Mortgage 300 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

Simmons, 27, is the only two-time winner of the Barber Dodge Pro Series taking the championship in 1998 and 1999. Last year, he finished second in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series scoring 10 top-10 finishes with nine top- five showings, six podium performances and two wins in 12 starts. He was running at the finish of a series record 11 of the 12 races. Simmons has competed in one Infiniti Pro Series event this year finishing second at the Futaba Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis 500 on May 22.

"After careful consideration and extensive research we made the decision that the best thing for our team was to go with a young, aggressive driver," Pat Patrick said. "We feel that Jeff Simmons has the potential to be very successful with our team. Jeff is a proven winner with the driving style we were looking for" he noted. "Therefore, we asked Jeff to driver the Patrick Racing car this weekend at the Argent Mortgage 300 at Kansas Speedway and he accepted. Following the Kansas race we will evaluate all of our options and make a decision for the future," Patrick concluded.

Simmons, a native of Connecticut, began racing at the age of five. Over a ten year period racing quarter midgets he earned more than 150 victories. Commenting on joining Patrick Racing the graduate of Boston College (bachelor of arts degree in computer science) said, "I am honored that Pat Patrick is putting his confidence in me and giving me the opportunity to race for him at Kansas Speedway. Patrick Racing is a first-class team that has been successful for more than three decades of open-wheel racing and I look forward to contributing to the team's success in their first year in the Indy Racing League."

Patrick Racing is one of the most successful teams in open wheel racing history.

Patrick drivers have started 789 races, won two national championships (Gordon Johncock - 1979; Emerson Fittipaldi - 1989) and taken the checkered flag 45 times, including three at the Indianapolis 500 (Johncock - 1973 and1982; Fittipaldi - 1989). Considered one of the premier teams, Patrick Racing is owned and led by one of the most respected names in motor sports, U. E. "Pat" Patrick. Patrick is the "father" of the Indy Lights Championship and the co-founder of CART.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Emerson Fittipaldi , Jeff Simmons , Gordon Johncock