Dario Franchitti wins pole for today’s Sao Paulo Indy 300

Defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti will start on the pole for today’s Sao Paulo Indy 300 (11:30 a.m. ET, Versus) after topping a stellar effort from Alex Tagliani in the Firestone Fast Six.

Franchitti took the lead from Team Penske’s Will Power with less than five minutes left in the last qualifying session. His top lap of 87.7354 seconds in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing machine was enough to withstand a late charge from Tagliani, who continues the great start with his new FAZZT Race Team. The Canadian fan favorite will start on the outside of the front row after putting down a lap of 87.7676 seconds in the No. 77 car.

Row 2 will feature Dreyer and Reinbold Racing’s Justin Wilson (third, 87.8182 seconds) on the inside and Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay (fourth, 87.8756 seconds) on the outside. The third row is comprised of Team Penske’s Will Power (fifth, 88.0156 seconds) and AA’s Tony Kanaan (sixth, 88.6945 seconds).

I’ll try to have the full grid up shortly.