The action kicks off at 7pm Eastern Time, and we're not sure what that is in UK time.
We think we might be a bit early.
Maybe I could pass the time talking about Franck and how he is leading Petit Le Mans at the moment? No, I won't do that.
There are 11 points between the two championship contenders, and with 50 up for grabs for a win - plus points going all the way down the field, it's anybody's guess who will take the title.
In fact, take your guess. Place your bets now - Power or Franchitti?
...and just for fun.
The calm before the storm. People start milling about onto the track.
The cameraman appears to have woken up. We can see the Penske team preparing their cars in the pit lane. Everyone else is too, of course.
Danica Patrick was the top girl in qualifying, taking 11th. Ana Beatriz picked up 15th, with Sarah Fisher 17th. Simona and Milka were 25th and 27th respectively.
Will Power hasn't won a title yet, Franchitti has two to his name.
There have been seven different winners this season, although one driver has clearly been dominating proceedings.
Tweet from @indy44: Excited about the finale. Not so much that the season's over. #IZODIndyCar
Sarah Fisher's car and overalls are terribly pink. Just sayin'.
The IndyCar commentators say Franchitti scored pole position at the first race of the year, and has picked up pole for today - a nice pair of bookends for the season.
Interview with Franchitti: "If we've got the speed tonight and we have one of those nights where we don't make any mistakes, we'll be in a good position... We'll be trying as hard as we possibly can. We'll be looking after the things we can control and see where it leaves us... All we have to do is lead the most number of laps and win. That's all we've got to do."
See how pink?
Interview with Power: "If we've got a good enough car to attack him I will, if not I'll sit and wait. There's a lot to play out over the whole race, I've got two teammates to help me out... I will be mindful of where he is during the race because that will affect how I drive."
Tweet from @hlrule: Pulling for @simdesilvestro for Rookie of the Year. Hoping @SarahFisher67 and Marco do well. #IZODIndyCar
"We're ten minutes away from the command to start your engines."
Tweet from @kvracing: National anthem been sung, drivers in their cars, just waiting for the command
The grandstands are terribly empty.
The engines, they have been started.
The cars are on their way, rolling along the track towards the start. It's almost time for the final race of the season to begin.
Sparks are flying!
Comment from Leigh O'Gorman: Last year's season closer was a caution-free run from lights to flag - let's hope for the same
Those sparks are terrifying. How can anyone see in a shower like that?
Tweet from @IndyCarNation: Marco Andretti #26 started 16th and is already up to 7th place on lap 4
Franchitti leads his teammate Dixon, and the pair are doing a pretty good job of working together for now.
Tweet from @IndyCarNation: Ryan Hunter-Reay #37 started 20th and is up to 12th on lap 5
Tony Kanaan is in third and has closed right up to the pair in front.
Milka has gone up a few places to 22nd, after starting last.
All eyes are trained on the top three, as you can imagine.
Power was fourth momentarily but Castroneves has the position now.
Moraes pits, he was struggling with oversteer.
Way back at Infineon, Indycar saw it's fewest changes for the lead with just 2, whilst at Chicagoland there were a whopping 23 changes for the lead!
Tony Kanaan has passed Dixon for second. Franchitti is up there on his own now, with no wingman!
Yellow flags - Moraes is crawling.
The pitlane crews are preparing for cars.
Moraes is out of the race, his day is done. A gearbox issue seems to be the problem, and the car is being towed.
All cars pile into the pits bar Sarah Fisher. She's done this before!
That pitstop business is a bit manic under those conditions. All I can tell you is Dario leads, Tony Kanaan stalled.
Sarah Fisher is pitting now. Is that strategy? Or perhaps she prefers the pitlane a bit quieter?
Dixon is still in third, having been jumped by Briscoe. He was given a second chance to help out with Kanaan falling backwards, but he's still not doing it.
Track is clear.
Briscoe appears to have the advantage as he fights Franchitti side by side for the lead.
Beatriz has hit the wall.
Full course caution.
Franchitti was just in the lead as the yellows came out. If he'd have been behind he would have lost the place, but luck is on his side for now.
Beatriz is out of the car, and out of the race. This was just her fourth race of the year, and she was brand new this season as well. Not a great end to 2010.
Wilson and Tagliani have pitted.
Fisher pitted again!
Ana comes to a halt.
Interview with Moraes: "Very frustrating ending here like this. We have a mechanical problem, the steering started to feel a bit loose, and I came to the pits. After we have a gearbox problem. I've been working really hard for this race... It's very frustrating."
Track is clear.
Briscoe has taken the lead.
Franchitti's in the lead again.
They'd better not keep this up all race.
Kanaan is back up to third again, despite his stalling issue earlier. It is really close at the front.
Some beautiful racing happening out there.
The lead is changing hands over and over, but crucially, Dario is down to fourth, whilst Dixon is now pushing in the lead.
I don't quite know how that happened. Last time I blinked and looked Dixon was third.
|1||Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi|
|4||Franchitti||Target Chip Ganassi|
Ryan Hunter-Reay gesticulates to Patrick as he passes.
Franchitti is back in the lead now. Kanaan, sort of, handed it to him, though.
Tweet from @IndyCarNation: Will Power #12 takes fourth spot from teammate Briscoe #6
Franchitti is leading nicely now, and the more he leads, the closer he gets to the coveted "most laps led" which will give him two championship points.
Briscoe comes in to the pits.
Commentators suggest that those making it past lap 100 can one stop - but beforehand, they cannot.
Milka Duno had a problem in the pitlane, missing her pitbox and hitting another driver's tyres.
Dario pits from the lead.
Good, clean stop from Dario.
Problem in the pits for Viso - he left with the fuel hose attached. A few flames, and some debris out on track.
Alex Tagliani may have taken advantage of the strategy mentioned earlier - he could get by on one more stop, whereas most of the others will need to stop twice. It all depends on yellows, of course.
|1||Franchitti||Target Chip Ganassi|
|3||Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi|
|4||Will Power||Verizon Team Penske|
Franchitti has the most laps led under his belt, picking up those two points. The championship lead is down to 9 points now.
Kanaan and Franchitti are fighting for the lead once more.
Dario has it for now.
They are busy lapping cars. Apparently there are only 12 cars on the lead lap at the moment.
Danica is up to fifth, which is pretty good for now.
Full course caution.
Will Power has problems.
Power has hit the wall. Several times by the sound of it.
He's still running, not out of the race. It's not really clear why the caution in that instance.
Half the field are pitting - including Will Power, who's getting some extensive attention. They have shut off the engine.
Power's championship battle is over, but they aren't giving up on the car.
Power's car has a damaged upper, right wishbone. He's sitting in the car as the mechanics do their thing. I don't think gutted would even begin to sum up how he's feeling.
Will Power misses his pitbox due to damage.
Reports suggest Kanaan pulled away from his pitstop with the fuel hose still attached as well. Not going well for pit crews today.
Power back out on track, 25th position and 6 laps down.
Tweet from @IndyCarNation: Tony Kanaan #11 , Bertrand Baguette #34, and E.J. Viso #8 all being moved to the back of the field for leaving pit with fuel hose attached
Has everyone forgotten how to pit today or something?
We don't know why this caution was even called in the first place, and it seems to be going on for an awful long time.
Power is back in the pits again. They changed the wishbone in just over 5 minutes, which is epic. The car is still not right yet.
Power has climbed out of the car. The mechanics are still working, but it looks like it's over for him.
Track is clear.
Power's car sits empty in the garage.
Comment from Leigh O'Gorman: 16 laps!!! 16 laps because the wall was brushed!!
Marco Andretti started in 16th place, but is now somehow in the lead.
Franchitti appears to be going backwards right now. Down in 5th.
Full course caution. What now??
There is debris reported at turn 2.
Dario pitted - a very speedy stop.
Comment from Joe in Fla: Yes, Power gets points as a 25th place finisher.
Dario needs to finish 10th or higher.
It went green for a millisecond, and then something happened to keep the yellows out a while longer.
Track is clear.
No, it really is this time.
Kanaan overtakes two cars in one go. Or maybe it was an undertake. Either way he is in first... briefly.
Dixon moves back in front.
Duno has crashed!
Full course caution.
Duno spun into the wall inches from Franchitti, who escaped unscathed. It seems as though luck is on Dario's side tonight.
Duno brings her 2010 campaign to an end.
The commentators are saying that Dario IS the champion now.
The maths does not work in my head, but I believe them.
Track is clear.
Danica is in third right now.
Castroneves pulls alongside Danica, but she's keeping third at the moment.
Dixon has managed to pull out a bit of lead now, thanks to the scrapping going on behind.
Would it be unprofessional to say: Gooo Danica!
Comment from Kate: Danica can occasionally be very impressive, with races like this and Texas. Unfortunately, it just doesnt happen often enough.
Scott Dixon wins the Cafes do Brasil Indy 300!
Oops, I might have missed the chequered flag there! I was too busy watching the epic battle for second.
She got it! What an awesome way to end the race.
Interview with Will Power: "I was trying to get around Hunter-Reay, he kept changing his line, I wasn't sure what he was going to do each time. That time he was up high... We let a lot of good points go. This is a bad result but it was tough coming into the last race and to have to hold on to it. That's racing man, that's how it goes. I know we had a good season, just disappointing. I was trying to do everything I could because at that point in the race I knew unless I did something special, Dario had the championship... I ended up brushing the wall."
Tweet from @IndyCarNation: Dario Franchitti is your 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series Overall and Oval Champion! Congrats to Dario and Target Chip Ganassi Racing!
Interview with Scott Dixon: "Huge night, more importantly for Dario and the team. Huge credit to the team who have put in the effort for this year. We stayed at the front most of the night, we saved a bit of fuel, worked on the car for the traffic. We had some great pitstops as well. Luckily enough it played out perfect."
Tweet from jpmontoya: Congrats to dario and the Target team on the Indy championship!!!
Interview with Dario Franchitti: "What a great job from this target crew because we've had to fight for every single thing this year. Let me tell you, number three, it feels bloody good. I want to celebrate this moment.
My teammate Scott Dixon could not have done any more today to help me out. And the fact that he won the race, you know, double celebration."
Interview with Danica Patrick: "After I crossed the line, I thought it wasn't a win but it felt like one. It was a good way to end the season. We've had our high points and we've had our low points. Hopefully we can improve the car to be better next year. That was a pretty hard charge there at the end. Hopefully, Tony and I put on a good show for the fans, so thanks to them for coming out."
The Firestone Firehawk is... odd.
Tweet from @IndyCarNation: Congratulations to Alex Lloyd for winning the Rookie of the Year honors in 2010!
Now, admittedly, I know very little, but that seemed like a really good race to end the season with. You have to feel sorry for Power, but equally feel happy for Franchitti, as he takes his third championship.
The season is over, and it's to 2011 that teams and drivers turn their attention. Silly season is about to begin apparently, so keep your eyes peeled for testing and movements.
Thank you for joining me this evening, and I hope we'll do more of this in the future!
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