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Castroneves makes it seven from seven.

The tearful driver exclaimed “I did it, I did it,” as he soaked up the occasion. There will not have been many in the pit-lane, Montoya aside perhaps, who could not have been pleased for Castroneves who has been so near and yet so far in the past.

Papis moved up to fourth in the championship table with his generous haul of points while Servia was similarly overjoyed with his first Champ Car podium.

Franchitti gained ground on his title rivals, moving into ninth place in the points chase although the effort required to keep his ill-handling car on the road, took its toll physically on the gallant Scot.

The Player's Forsythe outfit were highly pleased with fifth and sixth places while Vasser trimmed Paul Tracy's championship lead to five points with an unspectacular drive to seventh.

Honour's in the Mercedes battle went to Michel Jourdain Jr who ran well to eighth place while Gil De Ferran could only recover to ninth, one lap down, after his altercation with Fittipaldi.

Tarso Marques scored his best result of the year with a steady drive to tenth, the last car not to suffer at least one delay during the race.

Mark Blundell somehow survived both his off-track excursions to take eleventh place while the final point went to Kurosawa despite having to serve a stop/go penalty for blocking.

Andretti stopped out on the circuit with four laps remaining but was still classified 13th while Norberto Fontana also failed to make the finish but still covered more distance than the oft-delayed Shinji Nakano and Mauricio Gugelmin who were the last classified finishers.

Castroneves' win makes him the seventh different winner in seven races this season. With Tracy's failure to score and closest rivals' inability to capitalise, the series is now in the position where any one of ten drivers can move to the top of the championship at the next race. Roll on Portland in a weeks time.

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