Simmons Takes Center Stage At Kentucky Speedway With Second Straight Irl Infiniti Pro Series Win
Jeff Simmons made his first visit to Kentucky Speedway a memorable one by racing to his second consecutive Indy Racing League Infiniti Pro Series win in "The Kentucky 100" today at Kentucky Speedway.
The 27-year-old rookie, who earned his first career series win last week at Gateway International Speedway, led all 67 laps of the event and gained significant ground on series points leader and race polesitter Mark Taylor, who was unable to drive in the event due to illness.
Taylor will get credit for a 13th-place finish. He is still in control of the lead in the series points standings and leads in the series in wins with five through nine starts.
"Luckily, we've had such a good year that I can afford this," Taylor said. "I was just not feeling well enough, not 100 percent, and the decision was made to sit this one out. We will move on."
Simmons, who qualified second for the event yesterday, inherited the pole position at the start of the race.
"With Mark Taylor not able to start, I got to control the pace and actually got a bit of a gap," Simmons said. "My spotter, Dean Galbreath, did a great job of calling the race, so I knew where to run my car."
Simmons uses his fourth straight top-five series finish to move within 56 points of Taylor with three races remaining in the season. The series drives in its next event at Chicagoland Speedway on September 6.
"We're just going to keep working at it and keep fighting," Simmons said. "Obviously the momentum is on our side now. We'll see if we can carry it on."
Race action resumes later today at Kentucky Speedway when the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series qualifies for tomorrow's "Belterra Casino Indy 300" at 6:30 p.m. Race tickets are available at 1-888-652-RACE, www.kentuckyspeedway.com, Tickets.com and Tickets.com outlets in Meijer, Hader Hardware and Play-It-Again Sports Stores until 9:00 p.m. tonight. Fans also can purchase tickets at the Kentucky Speedway main entrance at Gate 16 beginning tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.
The day features a pre-race concert by Sixpence None The Richer and an autograph session with Don Mueller and family from the reality series "Who Wants to Marry My Dad?"
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