INDIANAPOLIS -- A.J. Foyt has hired Jeff Simmons to drive in
the Infiniti Pro Series Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
on May 22.
Foyt's car won the pole and the race last year with Ed
Carpenter, who now drives for Cheever Racing in the IRL.
"I wanted to try to defend our title at Indy and Jeff was
available so it seemed like a great opportunity,'' Foyt said
Thursday. "Last year he was one of the ones we always had to try
to beat in the Pro Series, so I know how good a driver he is.''
Simmons finished second in the series standings last year, with
two victories, three second-place finishes and nine top-fives in 12
starts. He drove for Team Green in the Indy Lights series in 2000
and won the Barber Dodge Pro Series championship in 1998 and 1999.