Kane, Simmons in Mid-Ohio provisional qualifying

LEXINGTON, OH -- Team KOOL Green’s Jonny Kane earned the provisional pole for Sunday’s Indy Lights race, while teammate Jeff Simmons sits fifth after the first of two rounds of qualifying at Mid-Ohio. Kane clocked a lap of 1 minute, 16.579 ...

LEXINGTON, OH -- Team KOOL Green’s Jonny Kane earned the provisional pole for Sunday’s Indy Lights race, while teammate Jeff Simmons sits fifth after the first of two rounds of qualifying at Mid-Ohio. Kane clocked a lap of 1 minute, 16.579 seconds (107.554 mph) around the 2.258-mile road course. Simmons, meanwhile, turned a fast lap of 1:16.640 (107.467 mph).

Kane, who won the pole at Long Beach and Detroit already this season, is four one-thousandths of a second ahead of Casey Mears, the second fastest qualifier of the day. Felipe Giaffone is third (1:16.612) and Townsend Bell is fourth (1:16.627) in provisional qualifying.

Indy Lights drivers have one more 30-minute practice tomorrow at 9:15 a.m. (EDT) before final qualifying begins at 12:15 p.m. The 34-lap race will be televised in same-day coverage on ESPN2 in a one-hour show later on Sunday at 11:30 p.m. EDT. (8:30 p.m. PDT).

JEFF SIMMONS, #26 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: @(5th with a lap-time of 1:16.640 seconds at 107.554 mph)

“The car felt better than this morning. I think that was the track improving more than anything. There are a couple of places around the track that the car is nervous and I have to be careful with it, but I’m pretty happy with the KOOL car today. Some of the corners, it’s the best it’s ever been. We only made one small change to the car between this morning’s practice and qualifying. We had a car that was capable of pole there. I set my fast lap real early in the session and got caught out on the red flags and I had a couple of fast laps ruined by cars in front of me. Even on my fast lap, I made a couple of tiny mistakes; I think I should have had pole. But I think we’re in good shape for tomorrow. Hopefully we can improve the car and move up to the top and the rest of the field won’t find anything for their cars.”

JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: @(1st with a lap-time of 1:16.579 seconds at 107.467 mph)

“The track was pretty slow and felt quite bad this morning. We knew that we had a good two-day test here earlier this season, so when we were two to two-and-a-half seconds off the times we did at the test in this morning’s practice we were reluctant to change anything on the KOOL car in case it upset it. We decided to save both sets of our tires for tomorrow, and I think only Jeff (Simmons, teammate) and Scott Dixon have saved theirs. I think we’re in pretty good shape for tomorrow.”

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Casey Mears , Scott Dixon , Townsend Bell , Jonny Kane , Jeff Simmons