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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.
Will Power and Carlos Munoz flank winner Mike Conway during their victory lap (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon rolls out of pitlane during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates pole position in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay leads Sebastien Bourdais during the early stages of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay leads James Hinchcliffe during the early stages of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway (centre), driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory with champagne Sunday, April 13, 2014 after winning the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. Will Power (right), driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, finished second. (Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power on track (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay around the fountain turn during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Will Power signs an autograph for a young fan at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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