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Franchitti's return, Helio's availability highlight Surfers Paradise finale

So what if this weekend's IndyCar finale at Surfers Paradise is a non-points venture. "Without championship points," explains Dario Franchitti, who makes his return to open-wheel racing on Australia's Gold Coast, "[the fans] might even get a bigger show than they were expecting."

Updated: October 23, 2008, 6:05 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

After 17 years of Indy-style racing on Australia's Gold Coast, one thing is certain:

Expect the unexpected.

Ever since John Andretti claimed his first and only CART Indy-car victory in the inaugural event in 1991 on a street course in the beach resort city of Surfers Paradise, the Australian Indy-car race has often produced improbable or unlikely results.

That's not likely to change this year, when the Nikon Indy 300 is run for the first time ...

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