LEXINGTON, OHIO (August 12, 2000) -- Team KOOL Greenâ€™s Jonny Kane and Jeff Simmons will start from the second and third rows respectively after final qualifying today. Both Kane and Simmons held the provisional pole during the session, but...
LEXINGTON, OHIO (August 12, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green’s Jonny Kane and Jeff Simmons will start from the second and third rows respectively after final qualifying today. Both Kane and Simmons held the provisional pole during the session, but Jason Bright secured the pole with a lap of 1minute, 14.513 seconds (109.092 mph). Kane’s fastest lap was 1:14.618 seconds (108.939 mph), while Simmons turned a quick lap of 1:14.905 (108.521 mph).
Both TKG drivers felt they had the car to win the pole position. But when Simmons went off course in the closing stages of the session and brought out a red flag, neither driver was able to capitalise on having fresh tires and make any last-minute improvements to their grid positions.
Indy Lights warm-up begins at 8:45 a.m. Eastern Time, while the green flag for the race will fall at 11:30 a.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. Eastern. (8:30 p.m. Pacific).
JEFF SIMMONS, #26 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:
"I'd just put on my new tires and was on my first flying lap and just caught the edge of the curb in Turn 1. That threw me sideways and I ended up going into the tire wall. Hopefully, we can get the car fixed for the race. I think we have a good set up for the race. Very disappointing because I basically cost Jonny a shot at the pole because the session ended early and he might have had a shot at the pole. It was just a real bad time to have an off."
"It's really unfortunate because the KOOL car was really good. We'd just made a small adjustment to the car trying to cure some understeer that I had in that corner. I got to the corner on that first hot lap and I don't know if I turned in a touch early or if the car turned in better than it had, but I just caught the edge of the curb and that was it."
JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:
"I'm very disappointed, really. I thought we had a great chance to put the KOOL car on the pole. I did a (one-minute) 14.6 (seconds) on the first set of tires. Then I caught a little bit of traffic so I came in. Otherwise, I would have kept running. I think I could have done a better time on that first set, but we were running out of time in the session. I came in and went to the second set of tires, then equalled my best time on my second lap when I was not really trying for it. I was just building up for the real lap the lap after. Then Jeff (Simmons) spun in front of me, hit the wall and caused the red flag. I think we got done out of pole, we were certainly capable of it." JONNY KANE ON THE RACE:
I followed another car closely early on today and, like everywhere else, it's going to be difficult to pass. You lose the front end. Basically, I'm afraid the race tomorrow will be a case of follow the leader. That's why qualifying is always so important. Maybe we can get a good start and make something of it. We've tested a lot on high-mileage tires and the car stays consistent and I can do quick times when the tires wear out. Hopefully, the others will start to make mistakes when their tires begin to wear out."