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Slumping Franchitti wins pole in Long Beach

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JENNA FRYER | April 20, 2013 06:23 PM EST | AP


LONG BEACH, Calif. — Dario Franchitti has won the pole for Sunday's IndyCar Series race at Long Beach.

Franchitti came into the weekend ranked last in the IndyCar standings and off to the worst start of his career. But he insisted he's not concerned about the start, and proved it with a big last lap in Saturday's qualifying.

Franchitti's last lap was 1:07.2379 and bounced Ryan Hunter-Reay off the pole at the last second.

Will Power was third and was followed by Takuma Sato, Mike Conway and Helio Castroneves. The Fast Six had an even split of three Chevrolets and three Hondas.

IndyCar penalized Scott Dixon, Oriole Serbia and Marco Andretti in the first round.

Two weeks ago at Barber, IndyCar penalized Sato for interfering with Justin Wilson's qualifying lap.