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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]
Marco Andretti - Andretti Autosport [credit: Chris Owens]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Richard Dowdy)
Ryan Hunter-Reay - Andretti Autosport   [pic credit: IndyCar media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Marco Andretti - Andretti Autosport   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Joe Skibinski]
Scott Dixon - Chip Ganassi [credit: IndyCar Series]
Scott Dixon - Chip Ganassi [credit: IndyCar Series]
Takuma Sato on course during qualifications for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6 celebrates capturing the pole with the fastest lap Saturday, March 12, 2016 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. The four Penske Chevrolet`s were the fastest in qualifying and Chevrolet had the five fastest cars. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6 captures the pole with the fastest lap Saturday, March 12, 2016 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. The four Penske Chevrolet`s were the fastest in qualifying and Chevrolet had the five fastest cars. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6 captures the pole with the fastest lap Saturday, March 12, 2016 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. The four Penske Chevrolet`s were the fastest in qualifying and Chevrolet had the five fastest cars. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6 captures the pole with the fastest lap Saturday, March 12, 2016 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. The four Penske Chevrolet`s were the fastest in qualifying and Chevrolet had the five fastest cars. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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