Fontana, California (October 27, 2000) - Team KOOL Green teammates Jonny Kane and Jeff Simmons posted the sixth and 13th fastest times, respectively, in today's only practice session for Indy Lights at California Speedway. The teams were limited...
Fontana, California (October 27, 2000) - Team KOOL Green teammates Jonny Kane and Jeff Simmons posted the sixth and 13th fastest times, respectively, in today's only practice session for Indy Lights at California Speedway. The teams were limited to one afternoon session due morning rain. Kane's quick lap was 38.692 seconds (188.783 mph), with Simmons posting a time of 38.996 seconds (187.312 mph).
Jason Bright was fastest of the day at 38.215 seconds (191.140 mph) with Tony Renna second (38.235 seconds / 191.040 mph) and points leader Scott Dixon third (38.276 seconds / 190.835 mph).
Indy Lights drivers have one final practice session tomorrow morning from 9:15 - 9:45 a.m. Pacific, with single-car qualifying set for 4:00 p.m. Pacific. Sunday's 50-lap season finale is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Pacific and will be televised on tape delay on ESPN2, Sunday, Oct. 29, at 6:00 p.m. Eastern.
#26 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:
(13th with a lap time of 38.996 seconds / 187.312 mph)
"It's pretty bumpy on the back straight, but it's not really causing a problem. When we first went out I was running with our race setup from Michigan and the KOOL car was really pretty good. It was bottoming a little in turn one, so we tried raising the rear. It didn't cause too much of a problem though, I was still flat-out all the way around. We have a bit of understeer, but I'm concerned that if we put more front wing back in it to correct it, the turbulence could cause a problem. We'll just have to look at the data and see what we can find out. I was running behind other cars most of the time, looking at different things that I might want to try in the race. I never really tried to put together a quick lap."
#27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:
(6th with a lap time of 38.692 seconds / 188.783 mph)
"I don't really have a problem with the bumps. I can feel them but they don't seem to be upsetting the car very much. I only ran a few laps by myself, because we've only got the one session today. Normally I try to run a lot more than that by myself. We were trying to focus more on getting the KOOL car to work better in traffic, so that we don't have too much understeer like we did at Michigan. The car did feel a bit better and we'll keep working on it tomorrow. Fortunately we've got one more session before qualifying. The pole would be great, but I think it's important to focus on the race. Starting position isn't quite as critical here as on a street course."