Championship leader Tony Kanaan proved quickest in qualifying for the Michigan Indy 400, his Andretti-Green Dallara-Honda circulating the 2-mile superspeedway at 215.871mph to take the top grid spot after a session in which the entire 22-car field could only be separated by nine tenths of a second. The return to form of Penske was illustrated by Helio Castronves taking second spot, while Kosuke Matsuura surprised many by putting his Fernandez G Force-Honda into third ahead of Scott Dixon, the Target Ganassi driver apparently showing no ill-effects from the crash that kept him out of last week's Milwaukee race.

The Rahal-Letterman form squad of Vitor Meira and Buddy Rice will start sixth and seventh behind Penske's Sam Hornish Jr, championship second-place Dan Wheldon starts ninth and last week's winner Dario Franchitti 12th. The race is at 3pm Eastern Time Sunday, 7pm in the UK, with the full report and results on

Qualifying times, Michigan Indy 400, Michigan Superspeedway, round 10 of the 2004 Indy Racing League.

1. Tony Kanaan #11 Dallara Honda Andretti Green Racing215.871mph
2. Helio Castroneves #3 Dallara Toyota Marlboro Team Penske 214.925mph
3. Kosuke Matsuura #55 G-Force Honda Super Aguri Fernandez Racing 214.718mph
4. Scott Dixon #1 G-Force Toyota Target Chip Ganassi Racing 214.328mph
5. Sam Hornish Jr #6 Dallara Toyota Marlboro Team Penske 214.179mph
6. Vitor Meira #17 G-Force Honda Rahal-Letterman Racing 214.089mph
7. Buddy Rice #15 G-Force Honda Team Rahal 214.018mph
8. Townsend Bell #2 Dallara Chevrolet Panther Racing 213.852mph
9. Dan Wheldon #26 Dallara Honda Andretti Green Racing 213.821mph
10. Bryan Herta #7 Dallara Honda Andretti Green Racing 213.699mph
11. Adrian Fernandez #5 G Force HondaFernandez Racing 213.452mph
12. Dario Franchitti #27 Dallara Honda Andretti Green Racing 213.318mph
13. Darren Manning #10 G-Force Toyota Target Chip Ganassi Racing 213.263mph
14. Tomas Scheckter #4 Dallara Chevrolet Panther Racing 213.146mph
15. Alex Barron #51 Dallara Chevrolet Red Bull Cheever Racing 212.400mph
16. Ed Carpenter #52 Dallara Chevrolet Red Bull Cheever Racing 212.329mph
17. AJ Foyt IV #14 Dallara Toyota AJ Foyt Enterprises 211.843mph
18. Mark Taylor #13 G-Force Honda Access Motorsports 211.318mph
19. Scott Sharp #8 Dallara Toyota Kelley Racing 211.211mph
20. Felipe Giaffone #24 Dallara Chevrolet Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 210.428mph
21. Jacques Lazier #20 Dallara Chevrolet Partrick Racing 210.290mph
22. Tora Takagi #12 Dallara Toyota Mo Nunn Racing 210.159mph