Homestead: Firestone Racing qualifying report

Franchitti Edges Closer With Homestead Pole The battle for the IZOD IndyCar Series Championship became even tighter Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway as Dario Franchitti claimed the pole for Saturday night's season-finale Cafe do Brasil Indy...

Franchitti Edges Closer With Homestead Pole

The battle for the IZOD IndyCar Series Championship became even tighter Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway as Dario Franchitti claimed the pole for Saturday night's season-finale Cafe do Brasil Indy 300, closing to within 11 championship points of leader Will Power in their battle for the 2010 championship.

Franchitti's pole gained him one more championship point in his chase of Power, the championship leader for most of the season, who will start third. There are several scenarios for either driver to claim the title. Franchitti can clinch the title - no matter where Power finishes - by leading the most laps, worth two bonus points, and winning the race, which pays 50 points to 40 for second.

However, any tie-breaker will give the title to Power, who has five victories this season to three for Franchitti.

Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) pole qualifier: "My engineer Chris [Simmons] made some changes after qualifying and my car was beautifully balanced as a result. It felt great. I could take the line I wanted anywhere and didn't scrub off any speed. That's the first job of the weekend done. Now, we have to lead a lot of laps and win the race tomorrow night."

-source: firestone racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Chip Ganassi , Will Power
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing