First Season Pole for Franchitti

Dario Franchitti claimed his first IRL pole position of the season, ahead of the final round of 2005 at the California Speedway

First Season Pole for Franchitti

Franchitti beat Tomas Scheckter, who came in second, by a mere half a mile, the Scot lapping the two-mile oval at 219.389mph, while the South African ran a fast lap of 218.902mph.

Third on the grid will be Sam Hornish Jr, with Danica Patrick alongside him in fourth. Her teammate, Buddy Rice, qualified fifth.

Franchitti admitted he would particularly wish to win tomorrow's race. "I'll take any race win, but to win the last race of the season allows you to go into the offseason on a high note," the Scotsman said.

"It would really mean a lot to win this won tomorrow."

Pos Driver Make-Engine Speed 1. Dario Franchitti Dallara-Honda 219.398 2. Tomas Scheckter Dallara-Chevy 218.902 3. Sam Hornish Jr Dallara-Toyota 218.602 4. Danica Patrick Panoz-Honda 218.199 5. Buddy Rice Panoz-Honda 218.029 6. Helio Castroneves Dallara-Toyota 217.765 7. Dan Wheldon Dallara-Honda 217.702 8. Bryan Herta Dallara-Honda 217.408 9. Scott Sharp Panoz-Honda 217.261 10. Tony Kanaan Dallara-Honda 217.170 11. Tomas Enge Dallara-Chevy 217.143 12. Kosuke Matsuura Panoz-Honda 217.037 13. Vitor Meira Panoz-Honda 216.585 14. Jaques Lazier Panoz-Toyota 216.491 15. Scott Dixon Panoz-Toyota 216.318 16. Patrick Carpentier Dallara-Toyota 215.704 17. Alex Barron Dallara-Toyota 215.631 18. AJ Foyt IV Dallara-Chevy 215.622 19. Jimmy Kite Dallara-Toyota 215.602 20. Roger Yasukawa Dallara-Honda 214.676 21. Ed Carpenter Dallara-Toyota 212.411 22. Thiago Medeiros Dallara-Honda - 
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