Finale Pole to Franchitti

Dario Franchitti

Franchitti won his 13th career IZOD IndyCar Series pole position. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dario Franchitti will start the Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 with an 11-point deficit in the championship standings.

Franchitti bumped Will Power, his lone title rival, from the provisional pole and earned his second PEAK Performance Pole Award of the season with a two-lap average of 213.187 mph. More importantly, Franchitti, who entered the weekend trailing Power by 12 points, earned a crucial bonus point for the taking the pole.

"I don't know what (crew chief) Chris Simmons did to the Target car between practice and now, but that thing was beautifully balanced," Franchitti said."It felt like a good lap, and I looked down and saw 213 and said: 'Oh, nice. Let's see if we can not screw up the second lap.' I felt it; I was able to take the line I wanted. Now I can relax a little."

Both of Dario Franchitti's victories on ovals this season have come from the front row. He won the Indianapolis 500 from the third starting position and at Chicagoland from second.

Power, who had a two-lap average of 212.580 mph in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, will start third. He was bumped off the front row by Franchitti's teammate, Scott Dixon (212.908).

"This is the moment of truth," Power said. "My car was pretty good. I don't know what else we could have done."

Dixon is joined on Row 2 by Team Penske teammate Ryan Briscoe (212.158). National Guard Panther Racing's Dan Wheldon (211.933) and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's Justin Wilson (211.630) will share Row 3. Panther/Vision Racing's Ed Carpenter (211.444) and Andretti Autosport's Tony Kanaan (211.392) will be on Row 4.

The 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season concludes with the Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 on Oct. 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race, which will decide the IZOD IndyCar Series championship, will be telecast live at 6 p.m. (ET) by VERSUS. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 145 and Sirius channel 212.

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