Dario Franchitti looks to win the 2010 IndyCar title tonight in Miami. Image Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images
2010 IndyCar Series Final At Cafes do Brasil Indy 300
So it comes down to this ... ChampCar transition player Will Power is only 12 points ahead of two-time IndyCar Series Champion Dario Franchitti going into this last of 17 races in the 2010 season. If Will Power is able to finish just behind or better Dario at the end of the race, he will be crowned Champion of this 2010 season. However, if Dario wins the race and gets the points for most laps led ... it doesn't matter where Will Power finishes.
All during practice at the Homestead/Miami oval track, Power was able to run the fastest laps but when it came down to qualifying Dario Franchitti was able to put together two laps that placed him at the top of the grid in P1, teammate Scott Dixon in P2, and Will Power tucked in nose-to-tail right behind Franchitti in P3.
Here is how the 27 car field will line up (** denotes CCWS Transition Player Team or Driver):
Pos - Driver - Team - Speed
1. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 213.187mph
2. Scott Dixon Ganassi 212.908mph
3. Will Power** Penske 212.580mph
4. Ryan Briscoe Penske 212.158mph
5. Dan Wheldon Panther 211.933mph
6. Justin Wilson** Dreyer & Reinbold 211.630mph
7. Ed Carpenter Panther/Vision 211.444mph
8. Tony Kanaan Andretti 211.392mph
9. Takuma Sato KV** 211.355mph
10. Helio Castroneves Penske 211.240mph
11. Danica Patrick Andretti 211.013mph
12. EJ Viso** KV** 210.928mph
13. Mario Moraes** KV** 210.741mph
14. Bertrand Baguette Conquest** 210.738mph
15. Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold 210.715mph
16. Marco Andretti Andretti 210.698mph
17. Sarah Fisher Sarah Fisher 210.671mph
18. Graham Rahal** Newman/Haas** 210.629mph
19. Alex Tagliani** FAZZT 210.520mph
20. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 210.030mph
21. Vitor Meira Foyt 210.017mph
22. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne** 209.433mph
23. Raphael Matos** De Ferran Dragon 209.311mph
24. Sebastian Saavedra Conquest** 209.308mph
25. Simona de Silvestro** HVM** 208.986mph
26. Hideki Mutoh Newman/Haas** 208.579mph
27. Milka Duno Dale Coyne** 207.961mph
The IZOD IndyCar Series will take the green flag one last time at the Homestead-Miami Speedway tonight for the Cafés do Brasil Indy 300. Besides being the final race of the IndyCar season, it will be the final race of the near future at Homestead, after the longtime open-wheel hosts and the sanctioning body could not come to an agreement for a 2011 event.
As such, expect tonight to be a show of great magnitude, with both sides looking to go out with a bang.
Here begins the last play-by-play via Tweet-By-Tweet of an IZOD IndyCar Series race of the season ... so let the TWEETING begin!
FollowAndretti Tom Vossman of #Inland presenting @RacingForCancer the $10k check! http://plixi.com/p/48416770
MyNameIsIRL This intro has been one giant Penske/Ganassi lovefest.
TheEDJE @MyNameIsIRL If it were not for the fact that Will Power is a Transition Player - it would be BOREING! #indyCar #IZOD
RaceDrive Ok tweeps - have a great racing night - we are right there with you - in turn 1 #Indycar
factbytefactbox "We're ten minutes away from the command to start your engines." #izodindycar #irl
IndyCarNation Join us for the IZOD IndyCar Series Season Finale for the Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 from Homestead-Miami Speedway... http://fb.me/L4Sgzh1Q
kvracing National anthem been sung, drivers in their cars, just waiting for the command
VersusIndyCar Hey #IndyCar fans come join the chat with us and @kevingraham1280 while we watch the last race of the season! http://ow.ly/2Nvcr
PCaporali Getting ready for the start of the #IndyCar race. What the hell is my heart doing in my throat?!
Engines Fire Up! - Drivers start your engines!
Fieldof33 @99forever I did too read it. I still argue that Dario's year on twisties has been much stronger than WP's on ovals & there4 a better year.
GREEN!, GREEN!, GREEN! - 2010 IndyCar Series Final At Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 begins!
openpaddock Powder Keg is going off baby GREEN GREEN GREEN!!!
IndyCarNation Marco Andretti #26 started 16th and is already up to 7th place on lap 4
openpaddock wow...look at the sparks!!!
Newman_Haas God Speed to all drivers but especially Hideki and @GrahamRahal. Green!
curtcavin Can't imagine Dixon passing Dario for the lead at all tonight. #indycar
IndyCarNation Green flag with Franchitti and Dixon leading Power and Briscoe around as the sparks fly
99forever Okay, so if Dario leads the most laps but Will wins, Will gets the title on race wins, right?
TheEDJE @99forever EXACTLY - Dario needs to lead with most laps and win to make it that it doesn't matter where Will is!
indy44 RT @JPIndycar: Dario Going to have two wingmen - Dixon AND TK...
IndyCarNation Under green conditions the estimated pit window is 46-50 laps
IndyCarNation Mario Moraes #32 on pit lane from 8th spot, car is reported as way too loose
16AndGeorgetown LAP 25 - The Championship is completely in Dario's hands, if he continues to lead most laps, and win, he'll be your 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series Champ
MyNameIsIRL Geez. Two commercial breaks in the first 24 laps. VERSUS must have some extra bills to pay.
MikeM_PR Lap 30 @justinwilson22 holding P16. Will make adjustments on his first stop
YELLOW Flag - LAP 36, Mario Moraes is stalled on the track
IndyCarNation Mario Moraes #32 team reports they will fix the wishbone issue to get back out as soon as possible
curtcavin When are we going to see the first graphic that says: "If the race ended now ..." Well, let me spoil: Dario wins cuz WP is 8th.
Everyone into the Pits!
GREEN!, GREEN!, GREEN! - 2010 IndyCar Series Final At Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 Restarts LAP 42!
kvracing Back to green flag racing, Franchitti, Briscoe, Dixon
YELLOW Flag - LAP 46, Ana Beatriz hits the wall by herself
IndyCarNation Lap 46/200: Under yellow; Franchitti, Briscoe, Kanaan, Dixon, Castroneves, Power, Andretti, Viso, Wheldon, Patrick are top 10
MyNameIsIRL Arute to Conor Daly: "What's the best advice your dad (Derek) told you?" Conor: "Well, he told me not to talk to you." *rimshot*
CrashGladys Just why r the TV guys talking 2 Conor Daly when we know he doesn't want 2go IndyCar racing? F1 is his future & he's made that very clear.
curtcavin Man, Conor Daly looks more like Derek on TV more than he does in person. Kid is going places. #indycar
DRRIndyCar She was on her way back to the pits after slowing on the course
GREEN!, GREEN!, GREEN! - 2010 IndyCar Series Final At Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 Restarts LAP 52!
Dixon slow off of the first corner!
kvracing Back to green flag racing. Viso (#8car) is 8th, Sato (#5) is 16th
Three Wide - Franchitti, Briscoe, and on top Kanaan!
curtcavin I know Dario wants to lead every lap until lap 100, but he needs to be careful, he's already led 53 laps. #indycar
IndyCarNation Ryan Briscoe takes the lead to attempt to keep Dario Franchitti from leading the most laps tonight
MarcoZone TK needs to tuck in and push Dario.
Briscoe and Kanaan get past Franchitti LAP 60
IndyCarNation Lap 60: Franchitti falls back to 4th after losing momentum
Newman_Haas Graham up to 9th from 13th. Hideki in 22.
IndyCarNation Lap 65/200: Dixon, Kanaan, Briscoe, Franchitti, Castroneves, Viso, Wheldon, Power, Patrick, Hunter-Reay are top 10
shagers Now we see how Dario runs in traffic. #indycar
deferrandragon Dario 4th, Power 6 --- Dario now 2 points behind
kvracing After 65 laps, Viso is 6th and Sato has moved to 12th
IndyCarNation Lap 70: Kanaan, Dixon, Franchitti, Briscoe, Castroneves, Power, Wheldon, Viso, Hunter-Reay, Patrick are top 10
shagers Power getting better as the stint goes on here. Unlike last stint. #indycar
MyNameIsIRL LAP 73 - Oh look Dario's leading again. That giant sucking sound is the drama slowly leaving the building. Come on, anybody else!
shagers Penske has nothing here to stop Dario getting the most laps led. Now Power has to beat Dario.
Dario is out to a 1/2 second lead on LAP 84 - has a 9 point lead on Power
MikeM_PR Lap 84 @justinwilson22 down 1 lap
curtcavin Remember, Power is defenseless if Dario completes this one. #indycar
BeccyGordon Wondering if @TonyKanaan is laying back a bit to let his bestfriend, Dario, lead the most laps.... I think I'm on to something!
VisionRacing 10 Laps til next stop, additional front wing adjustment, tires, and fuel.
indy44 Too bad TK doesn't have an in-car I would have loved to be listening to his throttle for this race.
IndyCarNation Ryan Briscoe #6 on pit lane for a routine stop - TK and Franchitti in and out as well
indy44 @BeccyGordon Sure looks that way doesn't it?
PCaporali I have not seen the @VisionRacing @Pantherracing No.20 car on TV tonight. NOT once. Not good for sponsors...
MyNameIsIRL He's [Carpenter] only in 7th. RT @PCaporali: I have not seen the @VisionRacing @Pantherracing No.20 car on TV tonight. NOT once. Not good for sponsors.
IndyCarNation Lap 100/200: Tagliani (off sequence), Franchitti, Kanaan, Dixon, Power, Mutoh, Briscoe, Castroneves, Patrick, Wheldon
Alex Tagliani leads this race for the first time - Pitstop cycles - LAP 101 - Race is over halfway!
FollowAndretti Lap 102... TK 2nd, Danica 7th, Marco 9th, Ryan 10th
Fieldof33 Dario saved fuel last year and made it 50 laps per fuel stint. I don't think he can finish this race on 1 more stop if it stays green.
MyNameIsIRL @EJViso had the end of the fuel hose stuck in his car. When you weren't looking he leaned back, chewed it off and spit it into the infield.
IndyCarNation Lap 114: Franchitti and Kanaan running 1-2 with Dixon, Power, Briscoe spread out a bit behind them
TheEDJE LAP 117 to 118 - Dario Franchitti passes the Start/Finish line to capture 2 points for leading the most laps
TheEDJE Will Power needs to lead Franchitti over the line at the end
BeccyGordon RHR's sports are consistently around 204.3 leaders are at 206.8. Mika is running faster. Ryan says there's an issue
shagers Dario got told he got most laps led about 5 laps after we did. #indycar
IndyCarNation Lap 125/200: Franchitti, Kanaan, Dixon, Power, Briscoe, Castroneves, Patrick, Wheldon, Andretti, Meira are top 10
MyNameIsIRL I'm sorry I had my head down typing, but was that another Peak hair care product commercial?
TheEDJE YELLOW Flag LAP 135 - Will Power brushes the wall for about 1/4 mile - Turn Out The Lights, Party's Over - maybe
IndyCarNation Possible right rear suspension damage to Will Power #12 car
16AndGeorgetown If the damage drops WP back to 18th or worse, all DF needs to do is finish 9th or better
MyNameIsIRL Looks like some right rear suspension damage for Power. Fat lady clearing her throat.
Newman_Haas RT @IndyCarNation: Will Power #12 car has been shut down on pit road after sliding in to the pit stall. Headed behind the pit wall...
CrashGladys So Power is out?? Ugh!
MarcoZone Look at Will wringing his hands....poor guy!
indy44 Versus saying it's not over, in other word DON'T CHANGE THE CHANNEL!
TheEDJE @MyNameIsIRL LA, LA LA LA, LA, LA, LA (sung in scale notes)
Will Power back out on the track to take the GREEN Flag with the rest of the field.
PCaporali RT @IndyCarNation: Will Power #12 has rejoined the race on lap 143 and is now currently 5 laps down
IndyCarNation Team Penske did a rear wishbone change in 5 minutes 6 seconds to allow Power #12 to rejoin the field
A group of cars pull into the pits for a LAST fuel stop strategy!
PCaporali Teams REALLY need to tweet more then! Good lessons to learn. RT @SueBrudvig: [snip] But it's NOYB. Welcome to our world. :% #IndyCar
IndyCarNation Will Power is out of the #12 car behind the pit wall - left front now giving problems
PCaporali Yellow was long enough that some cars may NOT have to make another stop. Could make for a more interesting finish. Maybe . #IndyCar
GREEN!, GREEN!, GREEN! - 2010 IndyCar Series Final At Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 Restarts LAP 151!
Marco Andretti has a terrific start.
MarcoZone GO @ANDRETTI26 GO!
99forever By my count, that's exactly the second incident this year that's been Will's fault. Not at all the time for it, though.
Will Power can finish no worse than 25th - Franchitti has to finish 10th or better.
IndyRacingNut @MarcoZone Yeah, they can hear the giant sucking sound of fans changing the channel over to Nickelodeon to watch iCarly....LOL
TheEDJE @IndyRacingNut - You must have kids, grandkids, or are ... very creepy!
YELLOW Flag - LAP 187
FollowAndretti RT @IndyCarNation Yellow for debris in turn 2, pits are closed
Newman_Haas Graham said yellow is from Viso and Briscoe making contact
shagers See that NASCAR, when Indycar have yellow for Debris, they actually SHOW you the debris.
TheEDJE Fuel strategy is all over the map - but Dario is still rolling along at 8th position and only 5 points ahead of Will Power
GREEN!, GREEN!, GREEN! - 2010 IndyCar Series Final At Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 Restarts LAP 172!
Castroneves takes the lead - three wide with Dixon ans Kanaan
MyNameIsIRL Who needs more yellows when you can't conduct a simple restart? *facepalm*
TheEDJE YELLOW Flag - Milka Duno looking for sponsorship time - Fuel Strategy back on track
PCaporali Hmm... well didn't see that coming.... Dario saw his race flash before his eyes!
99forever Milka. That's the capper, right there. Hands up, everyone who's glad we're not finishing here next year.
Fieldof33 @99forever You're not enjoying this race?
99forever @Fieldof33 I am, but there's a lot that's bizarre and annoying. A lot isn't the track's fault, but I just think Homestead has a yucky vibe.
GREEN!, GREEN!, GREEN! - 2010 IndyCar Series Final At Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 Restarts LAP 180, 20 to go!
IndyCarNation Lap 180/200: #9, #11, #7, #3, #4, #14, #26, #6, #10, #02, #77, #20, #37, #34, #5, #36, #2, #19, #8, #22 are top 20
SBPopOffValve Security Chief Charles keeps Ashley from heading to infield care center to dance angrily at Milka for nearly taking Dario out. #couldhappen
MyNameIsIRL Umm, Franchitti is in 9th. He needs to finish 10th or better. DRAMA!!!!
kvracing Sato moved to P13 on restart
Newman_Haas RT @FirestoneRacing: #indycar @HomesteadMiami: Franchitti is last car on lead lap in 9th place. He only needs to (cont) http://tl.gd/6abn7n
MarcoZone just me or was Danistar doing a little "wiggle" to keep Helio behind her?
kvracing 10 laps remain, Sato is 14th, Viso 19th. Dixon leads Kanaan then Patrick. Franchitti 8th
MarcoZone WHY OH WHY can't TK & Danica just work together so SOMEONE beats a red car?!?!?
SBPopOffValve Danica: "That's it! I'm going to NASCAR where they don't race you as hard!" #couldhappen
MyNameIsIRL Kanaan is throwing a mondo block party on his, err, teammate Danica. Not feeling the love.
WHITE Flag - Dixon, TK, Patrick, with Franchitti tagging along in 8th
Dario Takes The Checkered Flag - 5 points ahead of Will Power - Marino, Dario's brother won his championship in the ALMS at the Le Petit Grand Prix
indy44 Dario Champion P1 Dixon P2 Danica P3 TK P4 Briscoe P5 Helio P6 Vitor P7 Marco P8 Dario P9 Wheldon P10 Rahal P11 RHR P12 Lloyd P13 Ed
MyNameIsIRL Dixon wins the race and Dario does the donuts
MarcoZone TK looks PISSED!
CrashGladys Uh oh... Helio is yelling at Danica! Eek!! #indycar
MyNameIsIRL Hold the phone - Helio is coming over to do a little finger pointing at Danica. No grabbing of the clothing or throwing of equipment though.
IndyCarNation Dario Franchitti is your 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series Overall and Oval Champion! Congrats to Dario and Target Chip Ganassi Racing!
racintoday Franchitti, Ganassi Win IndyCar Championship http://bit.ly/9rmHTi #indycar
... notes from The EDJE