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10/15/11
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IndyCar Contenders talk championship at Live & Global event
INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard had a little fun with IZOD IndyCar Series championship contenders Dario Franchitti and Will Power when "Randy from Indianapolis" posed a question from the audience during the INDYCAR Live & Global event.

"I want to know who is going to win the World Championship?" Bernard asked.

"I was going to say everyone needs to show up at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and find out," answered Franchitti, the three-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion who leads the point standings. "I know Will thinks it's going to be him and I think it's going to be me. That's why we're running this race tomorrow."

The Q & A with media and fans from around the world was part live video streaming and interactive media event is powered by Ortsbo's Guinness World Record-holding platform, Live & Global. The drivers took questions from as far away as Russia, American Samoa, France, Sweden and Spain among other countries well as from fans and media on site. All were  instantly translated into English --were fielded by the title contenders. Such as for Franchitti: "You're of Italian decent but grew up in Scotland. How have the cultures shaped who you are?" And "How fast have you driven in a race car?"

BTW: The answer to the second query is 256 mph in Turn 3 at then-California Speedway in a Champ Car.

The first Ortsbo Live & Global event with the IZOD IndyCar Series was held at Infineon Raceway in August and featured three generations of Andrettis.

Both Power and Franchitti will start deep in the field for the Las Vegas Indy 300, the headline event of the first IZOD INDYCAR World Championships, sharing the ninth row in the 34-car field. But both drivers said they won't be in a hurry to get to the front, unless that's what the race presents to the drivers.

"Obviously, Dario and myself are starting way back in the back and next to each other,  and the two rookies going for that championship (JR Hildebrand and James Hinchcliffe) are starting next to each other in front of us," Power said.

"I think you have to run a smart race all together. Last year, at halfway, my spotter started pushing me. Saying, 'Come on. Let's get up there.' And I ended up scraping the wall. I don't think that's right approach. You have to understand how the car is and just react accordingly."

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