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Power looking forward to oval deciders

"Yeah, I felt it," said Power. "It's funny, because in the last month that's about the third earthquake I felt. I felt one at home in North Carolina, I felt one in Baltimore, I felt one here - so I'm getting accustomed to it. It's actually fun."

"It's my second - I was in my office in Pennsylvania the other day and my chair kind of rolled, so I felt one there," added Andretti. "My Japanese friends act like it's no big deal over here, it happens all the time. Fortunately it wasn't a big one."

At the risk of over-stretching a literary metaphor, Motegi also sent a sizeable tremor through the IZOD IndyCar Championship by putting Power into the lead of the points standings - albeit by just 11pts. In a series where the winner can take 50pts for a race, having such a slender advantage might also appear to be "no big deal", but - as Power points out - being in front is still a genuine strategic as well as psychological edge at this point of the season.

"I just need to keep finishing in front of the #10 car the rest of the way and we'll be fine," he pointed out. "We'll keep chipping away like we have been."

And keeping quiet when it comes to all this championship talk is Scott Dixon, who is some 59pts back from Will Power and 48pts from Dario Franchitti, but still poised to pounce should the frontrunners do anything silly and wipe each other out in one or other of the remaining races.

Anything could still happen: not only is the fat lady not out there singing, she's not even selected her gown for the evening concert yet.




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Will Power and Dario Franchitti pose together on the road course track at Motegi. [Photo credit: IndyCar Media]
Scott Dixon celebrates in victory lane at Motegi. [Photo credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Scott Dixon and Will Power celebrate on the podium at Motegi. [Photo credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Will Power accepts the Mario Andretti Road Course award again for the second successive year. [Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Will Power and Carlos Munoz flank winner Mike Conway during their victory lap (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon rolls out of pitlane during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway (centre), driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory with champagne Sunday, April 13, 2014 after winning the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. Will Power (right), driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, finished second. (Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway on course during qualifications at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Will Power on track (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Will Power signs an autograph for a young fan at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power in the fountain turn complex during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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