Houston, TX (Oct. 1st, 2000) Ulsterman Jonny Kane had yet another disappointing race weekend when he suffered a major gearbox failure, which put an end to his day. Jonny had qualified fourth for today's Dayton Indy Lights race. Jonny was able...
Houston, TX (Oct. 1st, 2000) Ulsterman Jonny Kane had yet another disappointing race weekend when he suffered a major gearbox failure, which put an end to his day. Jonny had qualified fourth for today's Dayton Indy Lights race.
Jonny was able to put the pressure on third placed Derek Higgins from the green flag. After fourteen laps Kane forced Higgins into a mistake and was able to surge ahead on the inside of turn seven. Kane was then able to pick up speed and was lapping some six tenths faster than Higgins. Kane was catching the Dorricotts of Townsend Bell and Casey Mears by two tenths of a second per lap when he had a massive gearbox failure.
The gearbox seized sending Kane spinning and oil spilling over the track. Kane was sitting helpless in the middle of the track when Derek Higgins, followed by series leader Scott Dixon and Jason Bright came sliding round on the oil into the side of Kane. This brought about a full course yellow and the end of Kane's race.
Casey Mears went on to take his first win in the Indy Lights series. Townsend Bell was a close second and Felipe Giaffone rounded up the top three.
JONNY KANE, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN
"We had a gearbox problem. I shifted down into second gear and there was a loud rattle from the rear of the car and the rear end locked up and spun me round. I was trying to drive away again when three cars came round the corner and hit me.
"I am disappointed as we started fourth and I think we had made a good call on the down force that we ran. We knew that Derek (Higgins) was holding me up quite a bit at the start but I made a pretty good move to get past him. We were quicker than the leaders at that time. I had thirty laps to catch up about six seconds, which would have been quite tough but I think we could have had a good go at it. Just another disappointment this year I'm afraid."