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Franchitti on pole for Sonoma IndyCar race

SONOMA, Calif. — Dario Franchitti, who hasn't won an IndyCar race since last year's Indianapolis 500, is in prime position to snap that streak when he starts on the pole in today's Grand Prix of at Sonoma.

But if he can help Scott Dixon by stepping off the gas a bit, Franchitti would be happy to follow team orders for his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate.

They start 1-2 today, with Franchitti first after Saturday's qualifying lap of 1 minute, 17.5271 seconds (110.748 mph). But he's well back in points, in sixth, and Dixon is second, 31 behind Helio Castroneves.

"I want to win the race, obviously," Franchitti said. "But the big picture — and we say this every year in our team — we sit in the first meeting of the year, and our two goals are to win the 500 and win the championship. We didn't win the 500, so we've got to win the championship."

Will Power starts third.

Formula One: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes earned his fourth consecutive pole, edging points leader Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull in the final seconds of qualifying for today's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. Hamilton's lap of 2:01.012 made him the first Briton since Damon Hill in 1995 with four straight poles.

Franchitti on pole for Sonoma IndyCar race 08/24/13 [Last modified: Sunday, August 25, 2013 12:11am]
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