Mid-Ohio (August 13, 2000) Team KOOL Green driver Jonny Kane had a troubled day at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car track today. Jonny managed to salvage three points and a tenth place from a disappointing race. The race for Jonny went downhill from...
Mid-Ohio (August 13, 2000) Team KOOL Green driver Jonny Kane had a troubled day at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car track today. Jonny managed to salvage three points and a tenth place from a disappointing race.
The race for Jonny went downhill from the green flag when the polesitter, Jason Bright, appeared to have a problem which caused the inside train to drop back. Many believed it should have been waved through but the start went ahead and Jonny fell to fifth on the first lap. He fought his way back to third and was battling for second with Felipe Giaffone when the two made contact.
Both were forced to pit and Kane managed to scrape back onto the lead lap at the back of the pack after repairing a steering arm. The race was to see three further yellows and Kane managed to make up some places to end up with a top ten finish.
Townsend Bell took the chequered flag closely followed by Scott Dixon. Third went to Jason Bright with Tony Renna clinching fourth. Scott Dixon continues to lead the championship while Jonny Kane still remains in tenth spot with 35 points.
JONNY KANE, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN (Finished 10th at Mid-Ohio)
"That was a messed up start. Bright (polesitter) didn't take off on the start, so Bell took the green flag. I couldn't believe they gave us a start, because basically the whole left side of the grid got penalized by the pole man not being able to get away. I tried to get by Jason once I realized his car wasn't running properly. He forced me onto the grass so there was no way past there. That dropped me to fifth place on the start. In my opinion, it should have been a wave off. I was trying to get past Giaffone for second when he braked very wide, which made me think he saw me coming. Then he started to take the racing line, and I had to brake harder to avoid him once I saw him coming across. I ended up hitting my front wheel against his rear wheel. That was about it. I came to the pits and the Team KOOL Green crew was able to put on a new steering arm and get me back out without losing a lap. But it was a struggle to make up any positions, especially with all the yellows. We got a couple of points, but it's not what we wanted."