And it's set up a fascinatingly close battle in the IndyCar championship battle going into the final three races of 2011, with just five points now separating Franchitti and Power. Nominally the road course race at Motegi will favour Power and the oval races at Kentucky and Las Vegas might be more on Franchitti's side, but at this stage of the season a single freak result could easily decide the title at any time.
"[Baltimore's] exactly what we needed," said Power. "We're closing in ... That was a championship run."
As for Dario, he was trying to remain calm after seeing a near-hundred point lead evaporated in recent weeks: "What's the point in getting concerned? It doesn't make you any quicker."
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