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SPARTA, KY - JULY 31: Marco Andretti (L) driver of the # 26 Meijer Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda chats with his teammate Tony Kanaan during a delay in practice for the IRL IndyCar Series Meijer Indy 300 on July 31, 2009 at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Marco Andretti won the pole for the IndyCar season finale, putting himself in position for a strong close to what's been the worst year of his career. Andretti's qualifying average of 216.069 mph Friday was good enough to take the top spot at Auto Club Speedway. It held off Ryan Briscoe's average of 216.058, and gave Andretti the second pole of his career. The first came at Milwaukee in 2008. ''It means a lot, just what we have been going through this year,'' he said. ''Me in particular, it's just been a very trying year for me and my career. It's good for the confidence.'' ''I've been on the outside looking in on that hundreth of a mile per hour for the pole, so I was on the good side of that today.'' The 25-year-old Andretti is having the worst season of his career in what's ironically a comeback year for Andretti Autosport. The three-team organization is the most competitive it's ever been, and Ryan Hunter-Reay will try to win his first IndyCar championship Saturday night. B...
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