IndyCar series finishing as it began

DEAN McNULTY, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:12 PM ET

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — The race for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar championship will end like it started, with Will Power and Dario Franchitti fighting for every last point.

Seven months ago, back on March 14 at Sao Paulo Brazil, the pair shared the front row and ended the race 1-2 with Power first and Franchitti on his back wing.

Tonight at Homestead Miami Speedway, the two will be in the first two rows after qualifying 1-3 Friday, with Franchitti throwing down a lap of 213.187 m.p.h. and Power close behind him at 212.906 m.p.h. around the 1.5-mile oval at HMS.

Franchitti’s Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon will start second on a lap of 212.908 m.p.h.

With the single point he got Friday for his pole run, Franchitti will start Saturday’s race 11 points back of Power.

For Power to come out as champion all he has to do is finish second. If Franchitti wins the race on and leads the most laps, he wins outright.

But Power isn’t about to concede anything until the checkered flag flies. He said he gave everything he had in qualifying and still came up short.

“This is the moment of truth,” he said. “My car was pretty good. I don’t know what else we could have done.”

Franchitti said he was just hanging on hoping against hope to nail the perfect lap.

“It felt like a good lap and I looked down (at the speedometer) and saw 213 and said: ‘Oh nice. Let’s see if we cannot screw up the second lap.’ Now I can relax a little.”

Canada’s Alex Tagliani will start on the 10th row after a lap of 210.520 m.p.h.

— Dean McNulty


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