Long Beach Team KOOL Green; fast cars and high hopes

Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane earned his third career Indy Lights pole today at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Kane fired off a blistering lap of 1:15.155 seconds, 0.560 seconds better than his nearest rival and averaging 94.269 mph. Kane's ...

Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane earned his third career Indy Lights pole today at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Kane fired off a blistering lap of 1:15.155 seconds, 0.560 seconds better than his nearest rival and averaging 94.269 mph. Kane's teammate Jeff Simmons qualified fifth with a quick lap of 1:16.158 (93.028 mph).

Scott Dixon will start on the front row next to Kane after posting a time of 1:15.715 (93.572 mph). Rookie Jason Bright and Indy Lights veteran Felipe Giaffone will share row two ahead of Simmons and Casey Mears in the third row.

The green flag for tomorrow's Indy Lights season-opener falls at 10:20 a.m. PT. ESPN2 will broadcast the race at 10:00 p.m. PT on Monday, Apr. 17th and Tuesday, Apr. 25th.

JEFF SIMMONS, #26 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (5th with a lap-time of 1:16.158 seconds / 93.028 mph)

"I'd say that even on the tires we were using at the end, the KOOL car could go another couple of tenths quicker. If we stuck on a new set of tires I think we would have moved up another couple of spots. The top guys weren't that far ahead of us, but qualifying fifth is great in my first Indy Lights race. I'm really excited about the race. I just need to be smart and bring it home in fifth if I have a fifth place car.

"Obviously I'm thrilled to be in the company that I am, starting up at the front. Most of them have more experience in race conditions to work on setting up passes in these cars. I also think that at the start we'll be at a slight disadvantage because they're used to running on cold tires. I'm a little worried about that. But if I do a solid job guys should have a tough time getting around me."

JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (1st with a lap-time of 1:15.155 seconds / 94.269 mph)

"It's excellent to get the pole for Team KOOL Green! We didn't use our new tires yesterday and we knew that most people in the top-10 had gone out on new rubber. I knew that from the feel of the car on old tires that the car was pretty good and that we would pick up more grip on the new ones. I think that our strategy worked out really well.

"If we can get a good start tomorrow, we'll be in good shape. Most of the course is the same with only one section changing. It's a little bit faster in that corner, but I don't know how fast I am there compared to other people. The car is working very well and the KOOL guys have done a great job."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Casey Mears , Scott Dixon , Jonny Kane , Jason Bright , Jeff Simmons