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After St. Petersburg
Pos. Driver Points

1 Will Power 53
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 40
3 Helio Castroneves 36
4 Scott Dixon 32
5 Simon Pagenaud 30
6 Takuma Sato 28
7 Tony Kanaan 28
8 Justin Wilson 24
9 Josef Newgarden 22
10 Ryan Briscoe 20
11 SebastianSaavedra 19
12 Mikhail Aleshin 18
13 Sebastien Bourdais 17
14 Graham Rahal 16
15 Juan Montoya 15
16 Mike Conway 15
17 Carlos Munoz 13
18 Carlos Huertas 12
19 James Hinchcliffe 11
20 Charlie Kimball 10
21 Jack Hawksworth 9
22 Marco Andretti 8
Ganassi teammates on front row in Miami

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Friday, October 01, 2010

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Dario Franchitti
Dario Franchitti, 2nd in points to Will Power coming into the final IndyCar Series race of the season, did what he had to on Friday evening by winning the pole position for the Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 and getting the bonus point that goes with it to reduce Power's point lead to just 11.  His Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon will start 2nd making it an all Target Chip Ganassi front row.  Will Power will start 3rd just 0.1432s behind.

Ryan Briscoe and Dan Wheldon rounded out the top-5.

Franchitti won this race from pole last year in a race that ran caution free.

"They all add up," said Franchitti of his extra point. "We weren't the best in the morning, I didn't feel, and engineer Chris Simmons worked his magic and the balance was very, very good.

"To have Scott there with me is a big help. So we'll see what we can do tomorrow night. If we can make the same jump with the race car as we did with the qualifying car then we'll be in good shape."

Both Power and Franchitti have their eye on winning the championship first and foremost, and winning the race would just be icing on the cake.

The two will be racing for this new IndyCar Championship trophy tomorrow night
"I am racing for the championship," said Franchitti.  "Driving for points doesn't work for me so winning the pole, leading the most laps and winning the race will be the way to win maximum points.  If I can do that then I will have done everything I could."

Franchitti already has two IndyCar (including CART) titles under his belt, but Power is looking for his first championship so he will do what it takes to ensure the title first.

"If Dario falls out then I will go for the win because then the title will be mine," said Power.  "But as long as Dario is still in the running I am going to play it smart and not take any unnecessary chances, taking calculated risks to be in position to score the points I need to win the title."

With the winner getting 10 more points than 2nd place, just winning the race is not going to be enough for Franchitti if Power manages to finish 2nd.  Power would win by a single point so in that scenario Franchitti will also need the two bonus points for leading the most laps to take the title.

Be sure tune into Versus tomorrow night at 7 PM ET as this is sure to be a barnburner of a fight.

Results

Rank

No Name Gap Diff Time Speed
1 10 Dario Franchitti --.---- --.---- 0:25.0689 213.252 mph
2 9 Scott Dixon 0.0656 0.0656 0:25.0930 213.047 mph
3 12 Will Power 0.0776 0.1432 0:25.1387 212.66 mph
4 6 Ryan Briscoe 0.0999 0.2431 0:25.1954 212.182 mph
5 4 Dan Wheldon 0.0536 0.2967 0:25.1994 212.148 mph
6 22 Justin Wilson 0.0722 0.3689 0:25.2523 211.703 mph
7 20 Ed Carpenter 0.0444 0.4133 0:25.2629 211.615 mph
8 11 Tony Kanaan 0.0125 0.4258 0:25.2815 211.459 mph
9 5 Takuma Sato 0.0089 0.4347 0:25.2812 211.461 mph
10 3 Helio Castroneves 0.0276 0.4623 0:25.2970 211.329 mph
11 7 Danica Patrick 0.0544 0.5167 0:25.3337 211.023 mph
12 8 EJ Viso 0.0204 0.5371 0:25.3407 210.965 mph
13 32 Mario Moraes 0.0449 0.5820 0:25.3482 210.903 mph
14 34 Bertrand Baguette 0.0008 0.5828 0:25.3394 210.976 mph
15 24 Ana Beatriz 0.0056 0.5884 0:25.3685 210.734 mph
16 26 Marco Andretti 0.0040 0.5924 0:25.3717 210.707 mph
17 67 Sarah Fisher 0.0065 0.5989 0:25.3575 210.825 mph
18 02 Graham Rahal 0.0102 0.6091 0:25.3658 210.756 mph
19 77 Alex Tagliani 0.0262 0.6353 0:25.3851 210.596 mph
20 37 Ryan Hunter-Reay 0.1186 0.7539 0:25.4499 210.06 mph
21 14 Vitor Meira 0.0030 0.7569 0:25.4144 210.353 mph
22 19 Alex Lloyd 0.1395 0.8964 0:25.5221 209.466 mph
23 2 Raphael Matos 0.0324 0.9288 0:25.5388 209.329 mph
24 36 Sebastian Saavedra 0.0007 0.9295 0:25.5367 209.346 mph
25 78 Simona de Silvestro 0.0786 1.0081 0:25.5698 209.075 mph
26 06 Hideki Mutoh 0.0998 1.1079 0:25.5570 209.179 mph
27 18 Milka Duno 0.1524 1.2603 0:25.7039 207.984 mph

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