What have Team KOOL Green Indy Lights drivers Jonny Kane and Jeff Simmons been doing with their time between the mid-April race in Long Beach and the next event on the schedule, at The Milwaukee Mile on June 4? They've been going through...
What have Team KOOL Green Indy Lights drivers Jonny Kane and Jeff Simmons been doing with their time between the mid-April race in Long Beach and the next event on the schedule, at The Milwaukee Mile on June 4?
They've been going through testing sessions, plenty of them, in fact. In a three-week stretch starting in early April, the drivers spent a day testing on the Firebird East track in Phoenix. They then traveled to Long Beach for race weekend activities, moved on to Laguna Seca for two days of testing before arriving in Portland on April 25 for a two-day session, the first day of which was rained out.
While the inclement weather cost Team KOOL Green some valuable testing time, the one day it was able to put in was extremely productive, as crews for both the Kane and Simmons teams focused on chassis development and set-up on the two-mile circuit that is site of the fourth race on the Dayton Indy Lights schedule, on June 25.
Kane completed 180 miles, consistently lapping in the high 66s, with a best quick lap of 66.20 the third fastest clocking of the day, closely behind Casey Mears and Felipe Giaffone.
"The day went pretty well," remarked Kane. "We were one of the quickest cars all day. We worked hard on trying to get rid of some understeer that we picked up. We eventually succeeded, but we stayed out on the old tires too long and I wasn't able to match my time from the morning session."
Simmons, meanwhile, lapped in the mid 67s and managed to get down to a fastest time of 66.93 seconds on new tires.
"The car was a little unpredictable at first," said Simmons. "We got that sorted out but then somehow oversteer started creeping in. We put the car on the pad and took a few steps back. We must have gone too far because we were fighting oversteer when we came back. Still, I think with a bit more time and a few more changes, we could have been right there. I don't think we're too far off."
Eddie Jones, Chief Engineer for the KOOL Green Indy Lights team, said that despite the problems encountered with understeer and oversteer, the testing session achieved the goal of trying a couple of optional set-ups and doing some damper work around them.
Team KOOL Green's next testing session is at Mid-Ohio on May 18.