IndyCar Fan: Tony Kanaan Captures the Pole for IndyCar World Championships at Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the Izod IndyCar World Championships, with the IndyCar Series world champion crowned on Sunday, October 16, 2011. The winner also receives an impressive $1 million bonus. The big event kicks off at noon, PDT.

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Just prior to the race, a concert by the Grammy Award-winning Los Lonely Boys will be held at 11:15 a.m., PDT. The artists themselves said that they are excited to perform, and to watch one of the most anticipated open wheel battles of the year.

This season ending event is sure to be an exciting one, with the championship to be decided in the final race for the sixth consecutive year.

After Friday's qualifying events, where will the driver's start? The pole winner was Tony Kanaan, and the win was the fifteenth pole of the Brazilian driver's career in the open-wheel. Kanaan hadn't captured a pole in three years, and he certainly picked the right time to do it. The faster than lightening driver drove an average 222.078 mph in his two laps. With the pole win, he also receives a $10,000 bonus.

This is Kanaan's tenth season driving in the IndyCar series, making his debut back in 2002. His first win came the following year in 2003, and he had nine top-fives and 12 top-ten finishes that year and raced in 16.

Oriol Servia qualified second driving an average 222.061 mph. Servia remarked on Kanaan's speed saying "Tony has a rocket ship." And it appears he does. Will he also score the win and the million on Sunday?

Servia surely realizes he has a rocket ship as well, driving just a hair slower than Kanaan.

Favored drivers, Will Power and Dario Franchitti will start neck and neck in row nine. The third fastest qualifier was Ed Carpenter at 221.509 mph, and qualifying fourth was Alex Tagliani, with Ryan Briscoe following him in fifth place.

Rounding out the top-twelve, are Marco Andretti in sixth, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay at seventh, Graham Rahal in eighth, Danica Patrick at ninth, Mike Conway in tenth, Helio Castroneves in eleventh, and finally, Scott Dixon qualified in twelfth.

The IndyCar championship race will be televised on ABC at 3:00 p.m. eastern, noon pacific, on Sunday, October 16, 2011.

K.C. Dermody grew up watching auto racing at the old Baylands Raceway in Fremont, California, and has been a fan ever since.

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Updated Saturday, Oct 15, 2011