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Power avoids the traps at Baltimore

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."

Full race results and times available.

by Andrew Lewin



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Will Power in victory lane at Baltimore. [Photo credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media]
The field lines up in double-file down the start/finish straight. [Photo Credit: LAT Photo USA for IndyCar Media]
Overhead shot of turn one on the street course at Baltimore for the double-file start. [Photo Credit: LAT Photo USA for IndyCar Media]
Cars including Danica Patrick, Vitor Meira and Giorgio Pantano  grind to a halt in the multi-car log jam at turn 3. [Photo Credit: LAT Photo USA for IndyCar Media]
Will Power (inside) and Graham Rahal (outside) go into the tight turn 1 at the start of the race. [Photo Credit: LAT Photo USA for IndyCar Media]
Marco Andretti in pit lane (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Will Power (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti and father/team boss Michael Andretti at IMS (Photo by: Dana Garrett for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti enters Turn 1 during the Oval Open Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti in the cockpit (Photo by: Dana Garrett for IndyCar Media)
Will Power leads teammate Simon Pagenaud into Turn 1 during the Oval Open Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal on opening day at IMS (Photo by: Dana Garrett for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon in pit lane (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson and Ryan Hunter-Reay discuss practice at IMS (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal, and Scott Dixon celebrate with champagne following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal in action in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal celebrates in victory lane after finishing second in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal, and Scott Dixon celebrate in Victory Circle following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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