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Franchitti On The Pole At Homestead

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, October 9 2009
Dario Franchitti won the pole for Sunday's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Photo courtesy the Indy Racing League)

Dario Franchitti won the pole for Sunday's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Photo courtesy the Indy Racing League)

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The three drivers contending for the IndyCar Series championship won’t have to work their way through traffic in Sunday’s season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway as they qualified first, second and third on Friday.

Dario Franchitti earned his fifth PEAK Performance Pole Award of the season – the third on an oval – with a four-lap average speed of 212.696 mph (1 minute, 40.5378 seconds cumulative) on the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. With a bonus point for the pole, he’ll start the 200-lap race four points behind front-running Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon.

Dixon, who posted an average speed of 212.160 mph, will start from the front row for the fourth time this season (his 12th top five in 17 races). And Ryan Briscoe, only eight points out of the top spot, will start third (212.137 mph) in the No. 6 Team Penske car.

Fifty points are awarded to the winner, with a 10-point gap to second and 15 to third. Two bonus points are available to the driver who leads the most laps.

Dixon and Franchitti have swept the front row three times this season – also at Richmond (with Franchitti on the pole) and Kentucky (with Dixon on the pole). At Kentucky, it was Briscoe who started third and won the race.

Initially, Briscoe won’t receive much assistance from teammate Helio Castroneves, who will start 11th (210.658). Castroneves, who was fifth overall on the speed chart after two practice sessions, was involved in a single-car incident late in the afternoon session.

Vision Racing’s Ed Carpenter, the last of 23 qualifiers, posted an average speed of 211.769 mph and will join Briscoe on Row 2. It was by far the team’s best starting position of the season (previous best 10th at Kansas and Texas).

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, October 9 2009
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