Franchitti Fast At Michigan

IndyCar Series championship leader Dario Franchitti will lead the way in tomorrow's Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway after claiming the AAMCO Transmissions Pole Award with a fast lap of 218.308 mph on Saturday afternoon.

Franchitti was able to pick up his fourth career IndyCar Series pole award ahead of the Penske Racing duo of Sam Hornish Jr., who was second quick with a best lap of 218.024 mph, and last year’s polesitter and race winner Helio Castroneves, who will start third after setting a fast lap of 217.894 mph.

When the green flag flies on race day, Franchitti will be looking to become the sixth different winner in six IndyCar Series races at the 2-mile D-shaped oval.

A surprisingly quick Scott Sharp of Rahal-Letterman Racing and Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dan Wheldon round out the top five for Sunday’s 200-lap event.

Scott Dixon, the only driver who has been able to keep pace with Franchitti this season in the standings, will have to work his way up from a seventh place starting position if he wants to record his fourth consecutive IndyCar Series victory following recent triumphs at Watkins Glen International, Nashville Superspeedway and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Sunday’s Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway, race 13 of 17 this season, is scheduled to take the green flag shortly after noon (ET). Coverage of the 400-mile event will be available on ESPN2 (TV), the IMS Radio network and XM Satellite Radio.

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