Simmons settling in on one of IRL's elite teams

Updated: May 13, 2006, 5:38 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- It was the phone call Jeff Simmons had dreamed of receiving, yet there was no celebratory fist pump, no excited shout after hanging up.

He longed for a full-time IndyCar Series ride. But he couldn't have imagined getting one this way.

Simmons was selected in early April to take over the No. 17 Rahal Letterman Racing Panoz-Honda previously driven by Paul Dana, who died March 26 during morning practice prior to the Indy Racing League's season opener at Homestead-Miami ...

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