Long Beach Team KOOL Green Race Report

TOUGH LUCK FOR KANE - Dayton Indy Lights Championship Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane started from the pole and dominated the first 34 laps of today's season-opening Indy Lights race. With four laps to go, Kane missed the entry to turn one while...

TOUGH LUCK FOR KANE - Dayton Indy Lights Championship

Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane started from the pole and dominated the first 34 laps of today's season-opening Indy Lights race. With four laps to go, Kane missed the entry to turn one while trying to fend off Scott Dixon on a re-start. Kane recovered, but Dixon went on to enjoy a 3.753-second margin of victory over Jason Bright and Felipe Giaffone in third.

Kane's teammate Jeff Simmons started fifth and finished fourth in his Indy Lights debut. Simmons held his ground all day long and finished comfortably ahead of Casey Mears, who was fifth. Kane had fallen to seventh after his miscue, but passed Rodolfo Lavin to finish sixth.

ESPN2 will broadcast today's race at 10:00 p.m. PT on Monday, Apr. 17th and Tuesday, Apr. 25th.

JEFF SIMMONS, #26 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (Started 5th / Finished 4th)

"It was a good race. I think the KOOL car was better than it has been all week. The mid-corner understeer we were fighting was pretty much gone. I made a few mistakes out there in my maiden voyage. I'm not sure if we would have been able to get any higher because the leaders were just as quick. I could catch Giaffone on a longer runs, but it was going to be real tough to pass him. His car was starting to go away at the end just like mine. Maybe with a few more laps on a re-start I could have got a run on him. I was starting to get really good runs out of the hairpin. I'm very happy to finish fourth and I think it's a good start to the season."

JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (Started 1st / Finished 6th)

"I'm so sorry for all the guys at Team KOOL Green. They worked very hard this weekend and gave me a great car to win the pole. The race was going perfectly. I had a few re-starts, which were all quite good. I didn't have to defend into the first turn. My car was obviously working well as we went further into the race. I wasn't pushing that hard and I was pulling away. Unfortunately, we had another yellow at the end and I didn't quite have as a good a re-start. I tried to defend down the inside into turn one and I locked up the front tires. I fell to seventh and I gained one spot to finish sixth. It's not nice when you make a mistake... driver error."

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