Castroneves fastest in warm-up

Helio Castroneves topped the warm-up times in Cleveland as Marlboro Team Penske continued to lead the way.

Castroneves fastest in warm-up

His team-mate Gil de Ferran had been fastest for most of the session with Castroneves behind, until a frantic final moments in which the order was turned virtually inside out. Castroneves was elbowed down to the lower part of the top ten before bouncing back with a searing final lap.

However, he will start the race from row five, whereas De Ferran joins Roberto Moreno, only 13th quickest this morning, on the front row.

Castroneves is eager to regain the advantage within the team after a strategic error meant that he lost a near-certain win in Portland last week to De Ferran.

Cristiano da Matta continued his sparkling recent form to go second quickest. He starts from a best ever fifth on the grid.

Alex Tagliani improved to fourth but is back on 18th on the grid, while Kenny Brack completed the top five.

There was more joy for Mercedes with Mauricio Gugelmin, Bryan Herta and Mark Blundell all in the top ten. Juan Montoya was only tenth quickest but best of the Lola runners as the Ganassi squad continues to grapple with its road course set-up.

Christian Fittipaldi stopped after just six laps and was slowest of all.

The race starts at 6pm UK time. Autosport.com will bring you live lap-by-lap updates and a full race report straight afterwards.

Warm-up times from Cleveland:

1 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Reynard-Honda 58.878s
2 Cristiano da Matta PPI Reynard-Toyota 59.071s
3 Gil de Ferran Team Penske Reynard-Honda 59.168s
4 Alex Tagliani Forsythe Reynard-Ford 59.232s
5 Kenny Brack Team Rahal Reynard-Ford 59.263s
6 Mauricio Gugelmin PacWest Reynard-Mercedes 59.292s
7 Bryan Herta Mo Nunn Reynard-Mercedes 59.325s
8 Mark Blundell PacWest Reynard-Mercedes 59.359s
9 Oriol Servia PPI Reynard-Toyota 59.370s
10 Juan Montoya Ganassi Lola-Toyota 59.635s
11 Jimmy Vasser Ganassi Lola-Toyota 59.800s
12 Max Papis Team Rahal Reynard-Ford 59.856s
13 Roberto Moreno Patrick Reynard-Ford 59.866s
14 Paul Tracy KOOL Green Reynard-Honda 59.934s
15 Dario Framchitti KOOL Green Reynard-Honda 1m00.063s
16 Adrian Fernandez Patrick Reynard-Ford 1m00.136s
17 Shinji Nakano Walker Reynard-Honda 1m00.181s
18 Michel Jourdain Jr Bettenhausen Lola-Mercedes 1m00.230s
19 Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Reynard-Ford 1m00.272s
20 Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Lola-Ford 1m00.503s
21 Norberto Fontana Della Penna Reynard-Toyota 1m00.848s
22 Luiz Garcia Jr Arciero Reynard-Mercedes 1m00.851s
23 Takuya Kurosawa Coyne Lola-Ford 1m01.062s
24 Tarso Marques Coyne Swift-Ford 1m01.084s
25 Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Lola-Ford 1m01.296s

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