Jeff Simmons and Johhny Kane Will Need to Work Traffic in Miwaukee

WEST ALLIS, WIS., (June 3, 2000) - Team KOOL Green’s Jeff Simmons and Jonny Kane will start respectively from the fourth and fifth rows in tomorrow’s 100-lap Indy Lights race. Simmons qualified for the seventh position on the grid with a time...

WEST ALLIS, WIS., (June 3, 2000) - Team KOOL Green’s Jeff Simmons and Jonny Kane will start respectively from the fourth and fifth rows in tomorrow’s 100-lap Indy Lights race. Simmons qualified for the seventh position on the grid with a time of 24.282 seconds (153.002 mph), while Kane will start ninth after a lap of 24.550s (151.332 mph).

Scott Dixon, meanwhile, earned his second career Indy Lights pole with a time of 23.975 seconds around the mile-oval. Rookie driver Jason Bright will line up next to Dixon on the front row with a qualifying time of 24.058s (154.417 mph). Casey Mears will start third with a time of 24.085s (154.254 mph).

Tomorrow’s race will begin at 12:30 p.m. Central Time following a warm-up at 9:45 a.m.

JEFF SIMMONS, #26 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:
(7th with a lap-time of 24.282 seconds at 153.002 mph)

“The KOOL car was a little too neutral. It had oversteer in the middle of Turns 1 & 2 and I didn’t really want to risk going for a pole lap. I had to back off it just a bit. We’re probably going to go back on the change we made for qualifying and try it out in morning warm-up. It’s going to be tough to pass guys in the race. We might be able to get a few of them on the start, but once we get settled in it’s going to be tough to pass with everyone running such close times.”

JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:
(9th with a lap-time of 24.550 seconds at 151.332 mph)

“We qualified pretty much where we thought we would. I knew that we didn’t have the quickest car out there, so I was just hoping to get the best out of my car. As far as the race is concerned, we’ll probably put Jeff’s setup on my car because he was quicker this morning. His settings are quite a bit different than mine, but we couldn’t risk making the change for qualifying with only five laps. We’ve got the warm-up in the morning and enough time to do 20-25 laps. I’ll get a chance to work with that setup and determine if I like it.

“It will be hard to pass because everyone is running high downforce. The thing is to try is to stay close enough behind someone in the corner to get a run down the straight and get inside them before the next corner. I’ve run in traffic a little bit though and the car tends to move around.”

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Casey Mears , Scott Dixon , Jonny Kane , Jason Bright , Jeff Simmons