Jeff Simmons will drive the No. 17 Team E car for the Indy Lights Freedom 100 on May 28. Jan Heylen, Team E’s regular driver this season, will focus on road course events in 2010.
“Financially, it was the best fit,” said Team E owner Neil Enerson. “We will have Heylen back in the car for some road course events later this season.”
Heylen competed in the Indy Lights season opener this season on the Streets of St. Petersburg, where he finished 2nd. His oval experience includes a start at the Milwaukee Mile on June 4, 2006 during his campaign in the Champ Car World Series. Despite a high level of car experience, he was unable to afford all the required testing leading up to the Freedom 100.
Meanwhile, in the May 14 open test at Indianapolis, Jeff Simmons was fourth quick in his return to Indy Lights competition, driving for Team E. It was his first time back in a Lights’ car since August 2008 (Kentucky). He has four Freedom 100 starts under his belt and four Indy 500 starts.
“I wanted to build up gradually, and I think it was a testament to everybody at Team E that we were so quick right off the bat,” Simmons told IndyCar.com‘s Dave Lewandowski. “We had a good starting setup and we kept the car in a good window. I got the chance to slowly work my way into traffic and feeling that out, because I haven’t had that for almost two years.