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Rival Will Power pushed back to third place

Dario Franchitti took first blood in the Indycar season finale showdown at Homestead-Miami, claiming pole position amid a Ganassi front row lock out.
It's only Dario Franchitti's second pole of the season - the first being in the opening race of 2010 in Sao Paulo - but it couldn't come at a better time as it gives Dario a critical extra point in the championship and puts him just 11pts behind Will Power for the title. That would mean Dario can now clinch the championship if he wins the race and leads the most laps, regardless of where Will Power finishes.

Dario has his team mate Scott Dixon alongside him on the grid in what is Ganassi's best qualifying performance of the year. But Will Power lines up in third and has backup as well, in the form of Ryan Briscoe alongside him in fourth place, assuring a pretty frisky start to the evening's proceedings.

Their Penske team mate Helio Castroneves was not so fortunate, however, and ended up back in 10th place after lacking grip and only barely hanging on for his fast lap. Dan Wheldon set aside just-resolved legal action he had been taking against his Panther Racing team over unpaid wages to put his car an impressive fifth. He will line up on the grid alongside compatriot Justin Wilson who was notably fast in the Dreyer and Reinbold car to claim sixth.

Both practice and qualifying sessions took place in daylight, and since the race itself will start at 7pm local time on Saturday evening and run under lights, there will be a further practice session on Friday evening in night time conditions.

Full qualifying times and positions



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6-8 August, 2010. Lexington, Ohio #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing`s Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon.
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves leads the field down the frontstretch during the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, races to a fourth-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 races to a second-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power and Takuma Sato crash out during the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power crashes out during the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal drives past the wrecked car of Ryan Briscoe after winning the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on Saturday, June 27 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon climbs into his car on pit road for his qualifying run during qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon on pit lane after qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Hunter-Reay go side-by-side during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti go side-by-side during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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