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Franchitti tops speed chart on last practice; Castroneves takes pit stop contest

 INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 28, 2010 - Target Chip Ganassi Racing hopes Miller Lite Carb Day could be a good indication of Indianapolis 500 Race Day.

Dario Franchitti, who will start the 2010 Indianapolis 500 from the outside of the front row, topped the speed chart for the final practice session, the final opportunity for teams to fine-tune their cars before Race Day.

Franchitti, driving the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, topped the speed chart with a quick lap of 225.574 mph (39.8983 seconds). Franchitti's teammate Scott Dixon (225.159 mph) and Verizon Team Penske's Will Power (223.575 mph) were right behind.

FAZZT Race Team's Bruno Junqueira was fourth at 224.898 mph in the No. 33 Bower & Wilkins/TorcUP car, while polesitter Helio Castroneves in the No. 3 Team Penske car was fifth (224.753).

Castroneves hopes that winning the IZOD Indy 500 Pit Stop Competition remains a good omen.

Castroneves, driving the No. 3 Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone, defeated Hideki Mutoh of Newman/Haas Racing in the championship round. His pit crew received the $50,000 first prize for its speed and accuracy.

The winner of the competition has gone on to win the Indianapolis 500 six times, including Castroneves' win last year. Penske Racing teams have won the pit stop competition a record 12 times, including the last five that it has been contested.

Courtesy IndyCar

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