Gil de Ferran took pole in qualifying by a considerable margin, but his lead did not last long as Dario Franchitti passed him at Turn 3 on the first lap. It was a lead which he was not going to relinquish. De Ferran ran second and Jimmy Vasser third early on, but the latter suffered from tyre problems and dropped down the order, with Christian Fittipaldi taking third. After the first pitstop, Roberto Moreno ran second behind Franchitti by following an alternate strategy, but it meant that he had to make his second stop earlier than others, and after the second round of stops, de Ferran took the place, with Fittipaldi being jumped by Paul Tracy. De Ferran however was sent to the back of the lead lap for hitting a tyre in the pit lane, putting him out of contention. Franchitti had no such problems and took his first win of the season ahead of teammate Tracy, with Fittipaldi taking the final step on the podium.