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Gil de Ferran wins at Portland for the second year running... Full report to follow

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Lap 110- Moreno closes to within 0.5s of de Ferran

Lap 108- de Ferran and Moreno 1.1s apart, Fittipaldi 11s back in third. Castroneves is fourth with Andretti, da Matta and Brack right behind him

Lap 107- Conflicting reports over Moreno's fuel situation, but he is still right with de Ferran.

Lap 106- Castroneves drops to at least fourth behind the battling de Ferran and Moreno, and third-placed Fittipaldi

Lap 105- Top three covered by 0.8s, Moreno working hard on de Ferran. Crew getting ready for Castroneves

Lap 104- Castroneves still leading but still struggling. De Ferran is being patient behind but Moreno is closing on him

Lap 103- Castroneves and de Ferran running in formation but Castroneves should need another pit stop. Moreno is 3s behind in third.

Lap 102- da Matta pits and drops to sixth behind Castroneves, de Ferran, Moreno, Fittipaldi and Andretti

Lap 98- Castroneves will probably have to stop again too. Speculation that he only received a full fuel load in his second stop because of an error by the crew. The original plan was for both Penskes to be short-filled so they could go flat-out and make a later splash and go. Race order: 1 Castroneves, 2 da Matta, 3 de Ferran, 4 Moreno, 5 Fittipaldi, 6 Andretti, 7 Brack, 8 Servia, 9 Franchitti, 10 Carpentier, 11 Tagliani, 12 Nakano, 13 Fernandez, 14 Marques, 15 Garcia Jr, 16 Herta

Lap 97- Only 0.4s separates Castroneves and da Matta, the latter almost certainly needs to pit again but the leader could have conserved enough fuel to make it to the flag. De Ferran now within sight of the leaders, he has already pitted

Lap 96- Andretti pits from third, leaving da Matta to work on Castroneves

Lap 95- da Matta and Andretti are all over Castroneves as Servia pits from sixth. de Ferran is only 4s off the lead and closing all the time as Castroneves' gearbox problems get worse

Lap 93- Top three drivers are covered by 1.5s but both da Matta and Andretti could be making stops soon. Tagliani pits from a charging sixth and appears to have a mechanical problem

Lap 92- Race order: 1 Castroneves, 2 da Matta, 3 Andretti, 4 de Ferran, 5 Moreno, 6 Tagliani, 7 Brack, 8 Servia, 9 Fittipaldi, 10 Nakano, 11 Franchitti, 12 Carpentier, 13 Fernandez, 14 Marques, 15 Garcia Jr, 16 Herta

Lap 90- de Ferran leaves after a 9s stop but is down to fourth, behind Castroneves, da Matta and Andretti

Lap 89- De Ferran leads by 22s and is about to hit traffic. He makes his final pit stop...

Lap 88- Yet more drama for Montoya, he pits and retires with another mechanical problem

Lap 87- Castroneves reports a problem with the gearbox on his Penske Reynard, he is struggling with third gear and losing time to de Ferran. da Matta is capitalising and putting Castroneves under huge pressure. Andretti is the first non-Brazilian and is right behind them

Lap 85- Penske confirms that De Ferran will be making a splash & go stop in the near future. His lead over Castroneves is 18.2s and da Matta and Andretti are chasing hard in third and fourth

Lap 81- De Ferran leads by 14s and is setting new fastest laps consistently. Castroneves is under pressure from da Matta and Andretti as Fittipaldi makes his third stop and drops to tenth. Montoya is still sixth but under heavy pressure from Tagliani

Lap 79- De Ferran now leads by 10.5s. Race order: 1 de Ferran; 2 Castroneves; 3 da Matta; 4 Fittipaldi; 5 Andretti; 6 Moreno; 7 Montoya; 8 Tagliani; 9 Servia; 10 Brack; 11 Nakano; 12 Franchitti; 13 Carpentier; 14 Marques; 15 Fernandez; 16 Garcia Jr; 17 Herta. Tracy is now out with broken suspension. Fittipaldi will definitely have to stop again, de Ferran and Andretti may also be doing so judging by their lap times

Lap 76- Moreno pits, problem with fuel nose, no fuel is going into the car. Problem eventually solves itself. De Ferran leads and is pulling away, his stop was much quicker than Castroneves' and he is now lapping a second faster, suggesting that Penske is hoping that Castroneves can finish the race without another stop, while De Ferran goes flat-out right now but may have to make a splash-and-go stop near the end of the race.

Lap 75- Tracy pits and switches the engine off, possibly out of the race

Lap 73- Moreno leads but has yet to pit

Lap 73- Castroneves pits from the lead, longer stop than de Ferran

Lap 72- de Ferran pits from second, very quick stop. Montoya pits too from fourth

Lap 71- Castroneves again stuck in traffic and again Garcia Jr is the problem, bringing the gap between the leaders down to 0.7s. Da Matta and Brack also stop

Lap 70- Andretti pits from fifth without drama

Lap 69- Servia pits from ninth. Fittipaldi is still flying and pressuring Nakano for tenth position

Lap 68- Andretti passes Montoya for fifth having been told he can turn up his fuel mixture. Tagliani pits from seventh and rejoins 11th

Lap 66- Andretti working on Montoya for fifth as the CART officials watch Moreno for possible smoke from his Reynard. Gugelmin stops on course and retires

Lap 63- Race order: 1 Castroneves; 2 de Ferran (+1.7s); 3 Moreno (+2.7s); 4 da Matta (+4.0s); 5 Montoya (+7.4s); 6 Andretti (+10.5s); 7 Tagliani (+14.6s); 8 Servia (+24.3s); 9 Brack (+26.2s); 10 Nakano (+39.3s); 11 Fittipaldi (+44.3s); 12 Carpentier (+46.6s); 13 Franchitti (+48.8s); 14 Marques (+1m00.1s);15 Garcia Jr (+ 1 lap); 16 Tracy (+ 1 lap); 17 Fernandez (+ 1 lap); 18 Gugelmin (+ 1 lap); 19 Herta (+ 2 laps). Out: Blundell, Fontana, Kurosawa, Jourdain Jr, Vasser, Papis

Lap 60- Castroneves and de Ferran finally get around Garcia Jr, now just 0.8s splits the Penskes. Further back, Fittipaldi barges his way past Carpentier for tenth in the Festival Curves as he tries to make up time following his enforced change of strategy

Lap 59- Castroneves' lead is being eroded because he is being held up by Garcia Jr, who he is trying to lap. The CART officials are likely to take action against the Brazilian

Lap 55- de Ferran back to within 1.6s of Castroneves. He still has Moreno and da Matta shadowing him but Montoya has dropped back slightly

Lap 53- Teams are warning drivers to look after the fuel mileage in an effort to complete the 112 lap race on a two-stop (rather than three) strategy.

Lap 50- Fittipaldi pits for the second time, also out of sequence after earlier problems. The crew makes adjustments to the wing, he drops from sixth to at least 11th

Lap 49- Tracy pits from 16th, he is out of sequence after having to stop for repairs earlier

Lap 47- de Ferran now within 2s of Castroneves as they lap traffic. Moreno, da Matta and Montoya right behind the Penskes

Lap 44- de Ferran closes the gap to Castroneves from 5.5s to 3.6s, pulling away from Moreno and da Matta in the process. Herta lost time in his pit stops because the fuel vent would not open, meaning he had to come in again for a second stop, which again took too long because of this problem.

Lap 40- Moreno and da Matta make minor contact in the battle for third but continue unscathed with Montoya on their backs.

Race order: 1 Castroneves; 2 de Ferran; 3 Moreno; 4 da Matta; 5 Montoya; 6 Fittipaldi; 7 Andretti; 8 Tagliani; 9 Servia; 10 Brack; 11 Nakano; 12 Franchitti; 13 Carpentier; 14 Marques; 15 Garcia Jr; 16 Tracy; 17 Gugelmin; 18 Fernandez; 19 Herta

Lap 37- Montoya has repassed da Matta in the stops. Penskes pit, Castroneves rejoins okay, as does de Ferran. Herta pits for the second time in two laps and appears to be out.

Lap 36- Montoya and Andretti pit. Penske's expected next time by.

Lap 35- da Matta and Servia pit for PPI Motorsports, both stops pass without incident. Castroneves leads by 6.9s

Lap 33- Tagliani and Gugelmin start the first pit stop sequence as the flying Fittipaldi passes Franchitti for 14th

Lap 31- With pit stop time drawing closer, Castroneves leads by 5.7s. Further back, Marques is making a good impression in the Swift, pulling away from Blundell in tenth place. Blundell then pits and the PacWest team work on a mechanical problem

Lap 29- Fittipaldi is lapping nearly a second quicker than anyone as he passes Gugelmin for 16th. Castroneves leads by 5s as de Ferran is pressured by Moreno and da Matta

Lap 27- Carpentier passes Herta for 14th. Fittipaldi is lapping extremely fast as he closes on Gugelmin for 16th following his unscheduled pit stop.

Lap 25- Having passed Gugelmin for 16th, Franchitti is now closing in on the battle between Herta and Carpentier

Lap 24- Fontana now black-flagged as the officials turn their attention to Montoya, whose car is making a scraping noise. De Ferran has pegged Castroneves' lead to 5.1s

Lap 22- The CART officials are watching 13th-placed Fontana for excessive smoke.

Lap 21- Castroneves leads by 5.5s from a battle for second between de Ferran, Moreno & da Matta. Montoya runs alone in fifth. Andretti and Tagliani battle for sixth. Servia and Brack fight for eighth. Marques is tenth and holding up Blundell, Nakano, Fontana, Garcia Jr, Herta and Carpentier. Gugelmin and Franchitti battle for 17th, with Fittipaldi another 15s back. Tracy and Fernandez are still running but a lap down

Lap 19- Fittipaldi, still suffering from a tyre vibration, pits and drops to the tail of the field. Castroneves now 4.6s clear as the Moreno, da Matta, Montoya battle closes in on second-placed de Ferran, who is complaining of oversteer. Jourdain Jr retires in the pits with what appears to be an engine failure

Lap 17- Montoya sets the fastest lap and moves in on the battle for third between Moreno and da Matta.

Lap 16- Andretti passes Tagliani for seventh and moves in on Newman-Haas team-mate Fittipaldi. Castroneves extends his lead to 3.4s.

Lap 15- Tracy pits with a deflating tyre. Crew also refuel and replace damaged nose cone section. Kurosawa retires from the race.

Lap 12- Castroneves leads by 2.2s as Carpentier loses a lot of places by going through the Festival Curves gravel.

Race order: 1 Castroneves; 2 de Ferran; 3 Moreno; 4 da Matta; 5 Montoya; 6 Fittipaldi; 7 Tagliani; 8 Andretti; 9 Servia; 10 Brack; 11 Marques; 12 Blundell; 13 Nakano; 14 Fontana; 15 Garcia Jr; 16 Herta; 17 Gugelmin; 18 Tracy; 19 Kurosawa; 20 Carpentier; 21 Franchitti; 22 Fernandez; 23 Jourdain Jr. Out: Vasser, Papis

Lap 10- Fittipaldi reports bad tyre vibration and decides to pit from fourth, but team tells him to stay out. He has now dropped to sixth however

Lap 9- Moreno retakes third from Fittipaldi who then drops back towards da Matta. Top three together

Lap 8- Franchitti takes his penalty. da Matta passes Montoya for fifth into turn one as a piece of bodywork flies off Tracy's car. Castroneves leads by 0.8s from de Ferran

Lap 6- Franchitti black-flagged for failing to follow the correct procedure regarding rejoining after the collision

Lap 5- Restart, Penskes stay ahead as Fittipaldi gets inside Moreno for third. Montoya tries and fails to follow him through

Lap 3- Race order: 1 Castroneves; 2 de Ferran; 3 Moreno; 4 Fittipaldi; 5 Montoya; 6 da Matta; 7 Tagliani; 8 Andretti; 9 Servia; 10 Carpentier; 11 Brack; 12 Marques; 13 Blundell; 14 Herta; 15 Jourdain Jr; 16 Nakano; 17 Fontana; 18 Gugelmin; 19 Garcia Jr; 20 Kurosawa; 21 Franchitti; 22 Tracy

Lap 3- Race continues under yellow. Papis, Vasser and Fernandez are out of the race after the first lap collision caused by Brack and Franchitti

Lap 1- Brack caused the accident by nudging Franchitti into a spin in front of the field. Castroneves, de Ferran and Moreno get through unscathed and head the field. Papis, Tracy, Franchitti and Vasser definitely involved. Vasser pits for attention but may have suspension damage. Franchitti is at the back of the field but says his car is fine.

Start: Major collision in turn one, both KOOL Green cars involved but rejoin, full course yellow immediately. Accident possibly caused by Montoya trying to move down the outside line.

The cars are on the pace laps. The Penskes lead them round, Roberto Moreno and Dario Franchitti will be trying to break the red-and-white dominance at the front of the field.


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