Dario Franchitti wins IndyCar title

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Sunday 3rd October, 2010 - 1:34pm

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Dario Franchitti with his wofe actress Ashley Judd

Dario Franchitti with his wife actress Ashley Judd

Scotman Dario Franchitti has clinched the IZOD IndyCar Series for the second consecutive year after Australian Will Power’s hopes ended up against the wall of the Homestead Miami Speedway today.

Power scrapped the wall on lap 136 of the 200-lap event and damaged his right rear suspension enough to force him out of the race.

The Penske Racing crew push Will Power behind the wall

The Penske Racing crew push Will Power behind the wall

The talented Toowoomba-born ace was forced to watch on from the Team Penske pit box as Franchitti cruised to eighth place and the “big trophy” – he only had to finish 10th or better once Power was classed as a non-finisher.

Franchitti reduced Power’s championship lead from 12 to 11 points after taking pole the previous day and then to 10 points by leading the most laps. In the end he clinched the title by just five points.

Kiwi ace Scott Dixon took the victory

Kiwi ace Scott Dixon took the victory

Franchitti’s teammate Scott Dixon made it a big day for Team Target by winning today’s race and clinching third in the championship.

The championship capped off a massive year for team owner Chip Ganassi who also won NASCAR’s Daytona 500 with Jamie McMurray in February, the Indy 500 with Franchitti in May, the NASCAR Brickyard 400 with Juan Pablo Montoya in August and the Rolex Grand-Am title with Scott Pruett.

Dixon won today’s race from Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan, Australian Ryan Briscoe and Brazilian Helio Castroneves.

Franchitti won the championship with 602 points from Power (597), Dixon (547), Castroneves (531) and Briscoe (482) – all five drivers will now head to Surfers Paradise in three weeks time for the Armor All Gold Coast 600.

“The season obviously had some high points, but there were plenty of low points and we just had to keep working,” said Franchitti, as he collected the $US1 million bonus championship cheque.

“To get here tonight is testimony to the Target team and the determination of everyone involved.”

Dixon was obviously delighted to finish the season with a win and jump into third in the championship standings.

“It has been a crazy race, but obviously we could see things unfolding as the race went on, with Will dropping out etc,” said Dixon.

“Overall it is a great day for Team Target and I am just happy to be driving the #9 car.”

For Power, he was left to wonder what could have been.

“It is just disappointing, what more can I say,” said Power.

“I was going around some back markers and you just don’t know what they are going to do. I got up too high pushing on trying to catch the Ganassi cars which had so much speed today.”

Franchitti will drive with Dick Johnson’s Jim Beam team on the Gold Coast from October 22-24. Castroneves will race with Wilson Security Racing, Power with Ford Performance Racing, Briscoe with the Toll Holden Racing Team and Dixon with Jack Daniel’s Racing. Fellow IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani will team up with Jason Bargwanna in the Rock Energy Drink Commodore.

Here are the race highlights


 

Will Power talks after the race

Scott Dixon talks post-race

RACE RESULTS: Cafes do Brasil Indy 300

1

Scott Dixon

2

Danica Patrick

3

Tony Kanaan

4

Ryan Briscoe

5

Helio Castroneves

6

Vitor Meira

7

Marco Andretti

8

Dario Franchitti

9

Dan Wheldon

10

Graham Rahal

11

Ryan Hunter-Reay

12

Alex Lloyd

13

Ed Carpenter

14

Alex Tagliani

15

Bertrand Baguette

16

Sebastian Saavedra

17

Raphael Matos

18

Takuma Sato

19

EJ Viso

20

Hideki Mutoh

21

Justin Wilson

22

Sarah Fisher

23

Simona De Silvestro

24

Milka Duno

25

Will Power

26

Ana Beatriz

27

Mario Moraes

FINAL IndyCar Championship Points

1

Dario Franchitti

602

2

Will Power

597

3

Scott Dixon

547

4

Helio Castroneves

531

5

Ryan Briscoe

482

6

Tony Kanaan

453

7

Ryan Hunter-Reay

445

8

Marco Andretti

392

9

Dan Wheldon

388

10

Danica Patrick

367

11

Justin Wilson

361

12

Vitor Meira

310

13

Alex Tagliani

302

14

Raphael Matos

290

15

Mario Moraes

287

16

Alex Lloyd

266

17

EJ Viso

262

18

Hideki Mutoh

250

19

Simona De Silvestro

242

20

Graham Rahal

235

21

Takuma Sato

214

22

Bertrand Baguette

213

23

Milka Duno

184

24

Mario Romancini

149

25

Mike Conway

110

26

Sarah Fisher

92

27

Paul Tracy

91

28

Ed Carpenter

90

29

Tomas Schekter

89

30

Ana Beatriz

55

31

Jay Howard

44

32

John Andretti

35

33

Sebastian Saavedra

29

34

Davey Hamilton

26

35

JR Hildebrand

26

36

Adam Carroll

26

37

Francesco Dracone

24

38

Townsend Bell

18

39

Bruno Junqueira

13

40

Roger Yasaukawa

12

41

AJ Foyt IV

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