Qualifying on Saturday
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Photos from Qualifying on Saturday June 20.
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Richie Hearn waits in his car before making a qualifying attempt in the first session. Not a good one: he started 23rd.

Richie in the Bud Car
Arnd Meier Qualifying

Arnd Meier, from Hanover, Germany, sets out to qualify the only Lola in the field for Davis Racing with a Ford/Cosworth engine on Goodyear tyres. He can place only 25th on the grid.

Finnish former Formula One driver J. J. Lehto takes out the Hogan Racing Reynard/Mercedes/Firestone to put himself in 24th on the grid, between Richie and Arnd.

JJ Lehto Qualifying
Greg Moore in Pit Lane

Greg Moore waits with his crew in pit-lane while the slower cars complete the first qualifying session.

Jimmy Vasser gets prepared for his qualifying attempt.

Jimmy Vasser in Pit Lane
Tony Kanaan in Pit Lane

Rookie Tony Kanaan from Brazil discusses his set-up with the Tasman Motorsports team.

Bryan Herta sits in his Team Rahal Reynard-Ford with Firestone tyres waiting for the second session to begin. He went out and took pole position with an average lap speed of 121.341 mph.

Bryan Herta Waiting to Qualify
Bobby Rahal Interview

Meanwhile, team owner Bobby Rahal interviews with ESPNEWS. Retiring at the end of the season, this is his last race here.

Alex Zanardi and Tony Kanaan sit on the pit wall and chat.

Zanardi and Kanaan
Tracy Banned from Qualifying

Paul Tracy not in his driver's suit watches his team-mate Dario Franchitti qualify second. Already on probation for previous dangerous driving, he was banned from qualifying on Saturday after running into the back of Michel Jourdain Jr. on a non-competitive out-lap the day before.

English driver Mark Blundell, last year's Portland winner, sits in his car in the pit-lane. The best he could manage was a 16th place starting position.

Blundell Waiting to Qualify
Ribiero at Penske

Andre Ribeiro still trying to get the hang of the new Penske-Mercedes clocks a speed to put him 17th on the grid.

Jimmy Vasser returns to the Target pit after setting a time that places him fourth.

Vasser In-Lap
Pruett Qualifying

Scott Pruett puts the Visteon Reynard-Ford into third place for Patrick Racing.

Greg Moore has an appalling qualifying session only managing to muster 14th on the grid with the Player's/Forsythe Reynard-Mercedes when he is lying second in the championship battle.

Moore Qualifying
Barry Green

Team owner Barry Green discusses Dario's excellent performance after the session.

The Target team strip down Alex's car, which he has qualified fifth, much improved from Friday. He had told us earlier in the day that he wasn't expecting a good race because the car was not behaving well.

Zanardi's Car
Moore's Car

Greg Moore's car stripped down.

Bobby signing "Rahal's Last Ride" autographs.

Rahal's Last Ride
Tracy Autographed Qualifying Times

I asked Paul Tracy to autograph the Official Grid Sheet - the result of the qualifying session from which he was banned. Am I cruel or what?

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