Castroneves on provisional pole

Helio Castroneves set the pace in first qualifying at Laguna, with Penske team mate Gil de Ferran second

Castroneves on provisional pole

Castroneves also broke Bryan Herta's track record from 1997 by a few hundredths of a second.

Qualifying was delayed for well over an hour after Patrick Carpentier lost control of his car and flipped over the barrier and safety fence into a spectator area (see separate story).

The French Canadian was unhurt and will resume qualifying on Saturday.

1, Helio Castroneves (Penske), 1m07.722s
2, Gil De Ferran (Penske), 1m07.823s
3, Dario Franchitti (Green), 1m08.148s
4, Juan Montoya (Ganassi), 1m0544s
5, Christian Fittipaldi (Newman-Haas) 1m08.627s
6, Jimmy Vasser (Ganassi) 1m08.642s
7, Mauricio Gugelmin (PacWest) 1m08.764s
8, Oriol Servia (PPI Motorsports) , 1m08.800s
9, Michael Andretti (Newman-Haas) 1m08.818s
10, Paul Tracy (Green) 1m08.898s
11, Max Papis (Rahal) 1m08.958s
12, Tony Kanaan (Mo Nunn), 1m09.389s
13, Kenny Brack (Rahal) , 1m09.542s
14, Patrick Carpentier (Forsythe) , 1m09.546s
15, Roberto Moreno (Patrick) 1m09.669s
16, Cristiano da Matta (PPI) 1m09.877s
17, Adrian Fernandez (Patrick) , 1m09.925s
18, Alex Tagliani (Forsythe) , 1m09/994s
19, Michel Jourdain Jr (Bettenhausen) , 1m10.027s
20, Mark Blundell (PacWest) , 1m10.197s
21, Shinji Nakano (Walker Racing) , 1m10.788s
22, Alex Barron (Coyne) , 1m11.081s
23, Memo Gidley (Della Penna) , 1m11.113s
24, Tarso Marques (Coyne) , 1m11.305s
25, Luiz Garcia Jr (Fast Racing) , 1m11.346s
26, Bryan Herta (Forsythe) , no time


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