Franchitti pole, Power third for Homestead

Will Power and Dario Franchitti face off in the IZOD IndyCar Series season finale in Florida

Will Power and Dario Franchitti face off in the IZOD IndyCar Series season finale in Florida

Target Chip Ganassi Racing team-mates Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon have locked out the front row in qualifying for the final IZOD IndyCar Series race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The pole win edges Franchitti one point closer to Power in the points standings enter tomorrow’s title decider, with now just 11 points separating the pair who have dominated the 2010 season.

Power was well aware of the situation post-qualifying.

“This is the moment of truth,” said the Austrlaian.

“My car was pretty good. I don’t know what else we could have done.”

“We just weren’t quite fast enough to get pole and that definitely helps Dario, scoring the bonus point. We have a good starting spot and we will work tonight on getting the most out of the Verizon car for Saturday night’s race.

“We will do our absolute best to bring home the championship for Team Penske.”

Australian Will Power knows it will be a tough battle on-track in tomorrow's race

Australian Will Power knows it will be a tough battle on-track in tomorrow's race

Franchitti said that scoring pole will allow him to take a slightly more relaxed approach into the race.

“I don’t know what (crew chief) Chris Simmons did to the Target car between practice and now, but that thing was beautifully balanced,” said Franchitti.

“(After first timed lap) 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.”

Power’s countryman and Team Penske team-mate Ryan Briscoe will start from fourth as he tries to help his fellow Aussie score the title that he narrowly missed clinching last year. Briscoe was fastest in final practice aboard his #6 Team Penske entry, a positive sign for the team heading into tomorrow’s race.

“We just didn’t quite squeeze everything out of it today, but we should be in great shape for the race tomorrow,” said Briscoe.

“We’ll be working hard to win it and help bring home a championship for Will and Team Penske.”

The race will be screened at 9:00am Sunday morning Australian time on ESPN – see below results video interviews with Power and Franchitti after today’s qualifying.

STARTING LINE-UP: Cafes do Brasil 300
Homestead-Miami Speedway (Homestead, FL)

1. #10 Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Racing 213.187mph
2. #9 Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing 212.908
3. #12 Will Power Team Penske 212.580
4. #6 Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 212.158
5. #4 Dan Wheldon Panther Racing 211.933
6. #22 Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 211.630
7. #20 Ed Carpenter Panther Racing 211.444
8. #11 Tony Kanaan Andretti Autosports 211.392
9. #5 Takuma Sato KV Racing Technology 211.355
10. #3 Helio Castroneves Team Penske 211.240
11. #7 Danica Patrick Andretti Autosports 211.013
12. #8 EJ Viso KV Racing Technology 210.928
13. #32 Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 210.741
14. #34 Bertrand Baguette Conquest Racing 210.738
15. #24 Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 210.715
16. #26 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosports 210.698
17. #67 Sarah Fisher Sarah Fisher Racing 210.671
18. #02 Graham Rahal Newman-Haas Racing 210.629
19. #77 Alex Tagliani FAZZT Race Team 210.520
20. #37 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosports 210.030
21. #14 Vitor Meira AJ Foyt Enterprises 210.017
22. #19 Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne Racing 209.443
23. #2 Raphael Matos de Ferren Dragon Racing 209.311
24. #36 Sebastian Saavedra Conquest Racing 209.308
25. #78 Simona de Silvestro HVM Racing 208.986
26. #06 Hideki Mutoh Newman-Haas Racing 208.579
27. #18 Milka Duno Dale Coyne Racing 207.961

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