When we last left Jeff Simmons, he was being fired after pulling the Motorcoach up to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The reasons for his firing vary from the critical to conspiratorial, but the final result was an abrupt replacement by Ryan Hunter-Reay and a one way ticket out of Rahal-ville.
But racers must race, so...
A familiar face topped the speed charts during the second day of the Firestone Indy Lights Open Test at Sebring International Raceway.Simmons is going back to his roots in the Indy Lights née Pro series, where earlier this decade he recorded 7 wins and 22 Top 5s in 34 starts. The driver affectionately known around here as "Spock" reportedly has "plans that call for him only to race at St. Petersburg", so either this is an audition of sorts for another ride elsewhere or it's just an excuse to go down to Florida and take in a weekend of racing.
Jeff Simmons, who will compete in the Firestone Indy Lights St. Pete 100 doubleheader for Team Moore Racing, turned the fastest lap of the nine teams testing on the facility's 1.67-mile short course. Simmons, who won seven Firestone Indy Lights events from 2003-2006 before graduating to the IndyCar Series, turned a lap of 57.7617 seconds, 104.083 mph in the No. 2 TMR/Xtreme Coil Drilling car -- the fourth-best lap of the two-day test.
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