Saturday, October 10, 2009

Indycar: Franchitti takes pole at Indycar series' Homestead finale

Capturing his second pole in a row, Dario Franchitti is take the field to the green flag for the Indycar series final race of 2009, the Firestone Indy 300. It's important to note that the last 3 Indycar series rounds of 2009 have been won by drivers who started on pole position. Franchitti's #10 Target Chip Ganassi car rocketed around the Homestead-Miami Speedway oval at an average speed of 212.696 miles per hour, beating teammate and Indycar point leader Scott Dixon by more than 2.6 tenths of a second. Behind Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe sits third for what is nearly to become an interesting start to the race which will decide the recipient of the 2009 IRL Indycar championship Trophy.

The Target Chip Ganassi gang of Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti enter the IRL Indycar season's final race with 1st and 2nd in the points. With Dixon leading Franchitti by 5 points, both drivers have won championships in the North American's premier open wheel series (Dixon 2003 and 2008, Franchitti 2007). In third place, only 3 points away from the Target Chip Ganassi duo, Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe wants to gain back what is lost at the Twin Ring Motegi race; the overall points lead. Before a disastrous pit road incident where Briscoe lost control and damaged his Penske #6 car, he was potentially able to clinch the championship for 2009. Instead, Briscoe, Franchitti, and Dixon are locked in a tight contention at Homestead with the Indycar championship to be decided after the race's 300 mile distance.

Aside from the qualifying run of the championship contenders, 4th and 5th starting positions are filled by a pair of surprises. Ed Carpenter placed his Vision Racing machine on the second row while Englishman and 2007 Indy Lights champion Alex Lloyd. Driving for Newman/Haas/Lanigan, Lloyd is running his first non-Indy 500 race in the Indycar series.

Starting late this afternoon, the Indycar finale at Homestead is slated at 4PM Eastern time.

Top 10 Qualifying for Firestone Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway

1. Dario Franchitti #10
2. Scott Dixon #9
3. Ryan Briscoe #6
4. Ed Carpenter #20
5. Alex Lloyd #06
6. Graham Rahal #02
7. Danica Patrick #7
8. Marco Andretti #26
9. Raphael Matos #2
10. Mario Moraes #5

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