Kane takes ninth at Gateway

St. Louis, Ill. (Sept. 17th, 2000) Team KOOL Green driver Jonny Kane finished ninth in today's Dayton Indy Lights race at Gateway International Raceway. Jonny, who qualified fourteenth for today's race, had a good start and managed to pass...

St. Louis, Ill. (Sept. 17th, 2000) Team KOOL Green driver Jonny Kane finished ninth in today's Dayton Indy Lights race at Gateway International Raceway.

Jonny, who qualified fourteenth for today's race, had a good start and managed to pass Rudy Junco Jr. on the first lap. After only two laps he had picked up twelfth place passing Rodolfo Lavin. By lap ten he had closed on Quintanilla and was getting ready to make his move when second placed runner, Scott Dixon lost control of his car and hit the wall at turn three. Dixon was unhurt and after the crash debris was cleared up the field was ready to restart.

On the restart Kane got chopped up whilst trying to make a pass. This cost him a few places but he was able to make them up quickly and managed to blast pass Quintanilla into turn one picking up 10th place. With twenty-two laps remaining Jeff Simmons now in second place lost the rear of his car on the exit of turn three and spun into the wall. This brought about the second restart of the day. Jonny had a good restart but was unable to make up any positions and held on to ninth position for the remainder of the race.

The Dorricott team had a successful day with their three drivers, Townsend Bell, Casey Mears and Jason Bright finishing one, two and three respectively. Scott Dixon remains in the lead of the championship with 135 points with Jonny still in ninth.

JONNY KANE , #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN

"I had a couple of good starts. I almost passed Quintanilla on one restart but he chopped down on me and I lost momentum and a few positions. It took me a while to make those up again. It is very difficult to pass here as the average speed is nearly 160 mph and there is so much air coming off the car in front that it is hard to follow close enough to get past the guy. Basically you can get up to a certain point behind them and then you can't get any closer. It makes it very difficult and a bit uneventful for the spectator. We started near the back and came away with some points. We have a good street course coming up at Houston, which we should go well at. It is important to finish these last few races and try and get as many points as possible."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Casey Mears , Scott Dixon , Jonny Kane , Rodolfo Lavin , Jason Bright , Jeff Simmons , Rudy Junco