Jonny Kane was sixth and Team KOOL Green teammate Jeff Simmons was 10th following todayâ€™s provisional qualifying for Sundayâ€™s Indy Lights race through the streets of Houston. Kane was quickest in morning practice and was second when a red...
Jonny Kane was sixth and Team KOOL Green teammate Jeff Simmons was 10th following today’s provisional qualifying for Sunday’s Indy Lights race through the streets of Houston. Kane was quickest in morning practice and was second when a red flag interrupted afternoon qualifying with just minutes to go, but elected not to return to the track, thereby saving his remaining two new sets of tires for tomorrow’s sessions. Kane’s quick lap was 1:06.389 (82.803 mph). Simmons, who struggled with the set-up on his car all day, was clocked at 1:06.876 (82.200 mph).
Jason Bright set quick time of the day with a lap of 1:05.964 (83.336 mph). Geoff Boss came in second at 1:06.035 (83.247 mph) and Mario Dominguez was third at 1:06.223 (83.01 mph).
Indy Lights drivers have a final practice session tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m., with final qualifying set for 1:00 p.m. Sunday’s 50-lap race is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. and will be televised on tape delay on ESPN2, Sunday, Oct. 8, at 5:00 p.m. (All times are Central Daylight Time.)
JEFF SIMMONS, #26 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:
(10th with a lap time of 1:06.876 / 82.200 mph)
“I don’t know, the car was just much worse than it was this morning. I’ve been fighting a mid-corner understeer but now the KOOL car has understeer throughout the whole corner. I can’t really go any faster because with the push (understeer) we can’t go quicker into the turns and can’t get out of the corners any better, either. We made a number of changes after this morning’s practice but we ended up going back almost to where we started. We’ll have to think about it, have a look at Jonny’s (Kane, teammate) car and see what he’s doing. Hopefully we’ll be able to pick it up and move up the chart tomorrow.”
JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:
(6th with a lap time of 1:06.389 / 82.803 mph)
“It usually seems to go quite well when we come to the street circuits. We were quickest this morning and second when we stopped (for the red flag) this afternoon and unlike a lot of the other front-runners, we’ve got two new sets of tires for tomorrow, so it looks good. The Team KOOL Green crew made the right decision not to go out again with just a few minutes left after the red. We decided we could probably go quicker than we had already, but I didn’t feel we would get the very best out of new tires. There are only a couple of laps where you can get a really good time and it’s better just to save them for a good go tomorrow. It’s all going to be very close tomorrow, I think.”