LONG BEACH - Dario Franchitti captured pole position for the IndyCar Long Beach Grand Prix on Saturday, the first bright spot in a so-far disappointing season for the Scot. Franchitti, a four-time IndyCar series champion, had finished 25th in each of the first two races to lie last in the points standings. He lapped the Long Beach street circuit in 1min 7.2379sec to claim the 30th pole position of his IndyCar career but his first since last July in Toronto. "It was nice to go out there and really have a great car and get everything out of it," Franchitti said. Defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay had claimed the provisional pole with a lap of 1:07.2934, but Franchitti topped it in the closing seconds of the "Fast Six" final session of qualifying. –AFP