Simmons starts Chicago from row two

CHICAGO, IL., (July 29th, 2000) - Team KOOL Green's Jeff Simmons will start from the second row after qualifying fourth today at Chicago Motor Speedway. Simmons held the provisional pole very briefly with a quick lap of 26.198 seconds and an ...

CHICAGO, IL., (July 29th, 2000) - Team KOOL Green's Jeff Simmons will start from the second row after qualifying fourth today at Chicago Motor Speedway. Simmons held the provisional pole very briefly with a quick lap of 26.198 seconds and an average speed of 141.400 mph. Simmons' teammate Jonny Kane was less fortunate hitting the wall in Turn 4 on his second qualifying lap. Kane walked away from the incident, but his car is beyond repair. With a spare car unavailable, he will not run tomorrow.

Chris Menninga earned the pole position for the 97-lap race with a time of 25.980 seconds (142.587 mph). Menninga will share the front row with Casey Mears, who he edged by 0.122 seconds. Mears' qualifying lap was 26.066 seconds (142.116 mph), while Scott Dixon will start third on the grid with a time of 26.102 seconds (141.920 mph).

Indy Lights warm-up begins at 9:45 a.m. Central Time, while the green flag for the race will fall at 12:15 p.m. CT. The broadcast will be on ESPN2 this Sunday (July 30th) at 6:00 p.m. ET.

JEFF SIMMONS, #26 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:
(4th with a lap-time of 26.198 seconds at 141.400 mph)

"The KOOL car felt really good at first. We thought we had the car to be on the pole, but then I started to pick up an understeer in Turns 1 & 2. I made an adjustment in the car and then I went to oversteer in Turns 3 & 4, so I went back on that change. I think we can blame the understeer on the wind because it became gusty right before we went out. With the crashes that happened, I didn't want to push it too hard and risk losing it. I got pretty sideways early in my run. I'm optimistic though that we should be able to race from the second row. Hopefully, we can make up a couple of spots on the start."

JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:

"We're not having a good run of luck at the moment.  I'm not really sure
what happened.  We won't really know until we look at the computer data.  I
didn't think I was pushing it too hard.  I saw the time on the first lap --
not particularly good.  I knew I had to go quicker than that, and I probably
would have.  But the rear end just stepped out on me.  I corrected it some
and thought I'd caught it.  Obviously not enough as it came round again.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Scott Dixon , Chris Menninga , Jonny Kane , Jeff Simmons