IZOD Indy Car Championship: Will Power vs. Dario Franchitti

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IZOD Indy Car Championship: Will Power vs. Dario Franchitti
Will Power talks with boss Roger Penske and team executive after winning the Honda Indy in Toronto. / (C)Ashley McCubbin

After a long season, it comes down to one race between two drivers who drive for the top two teams in the series.

Penske Racing driver Will Power has already locked up the Road Course title and now vies for the overall title.

Ganassi Racing driver Dario Franchitti looks to take the Oval title and is also vying for the overall title.

So who will be the champion at the end of the day?

The final race of the IZOD Indy Car Series schedule will take place on October 2nd at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Going into the event, Power leads the standings, 12 points over Franchitti.

To secure the championship, Power has to finish fifth or better without any bonus points if Franchitti wins the race and gets three bonus points. If Power gets one or two bonus point(s), he has to finish sixth or better. If Power gets three bonus points, he has to finish seventh or better.

If Franchitti wins the race and gets only two bonus points, Power has to finish sixth with none or one bonus point or seventh with two or three bonus points.

If Franchitti wins the race and gets only one bonus point, Power has to finish sixth with no bonus points, seventh with one or two bonus points, or eighth with three bonus points.

If Franchitti wins the race and gets no bonus points, Power has to finish seventh with none or one bonus point or eighth with two or three bonus points.

Now, there are a ton of scenarios that I could list here as there are so many possibilities. IZOD Indy Car has helped in figuring out things as you’re watching the race as they have done up a chart showing each point total possible for each position.

In his only start at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2008, Power finished 25th after completing only 24 laps due to a broken suspension part. So far this year, Power has no wins on the ovals, with his best oval finish being fifth. In the Oval standings, Power currently sits 10th.

Meanwhile, Franchitti has an average finish of 9.7 in six starts with one win, two top fives, and four top 10s. So far this year, Franchitti has won two oval races and leads the Oval standings, 27 points over teammate Scott Dixon.

Overall, it looks like Franchitti has the advantage and will be the champion, but when race time comes, anything is possible. So make sure to tune in because anything can happen.

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