"We still have a shot," said a determined Hunter-Reay. "We all want it bad enough, we can go get this thing. The team deserves it; it's a matter of if we can put it together."
But that's for next time. First, there was the small matter of Hunter-Reay's victory in Baltimore to celebrate.
"I'm super happy for Ryan," said his Andretti Autosport team mate James Hinchcliffe. "He drove a blinder and after all the bad luck he has been through this season, he deserves this title. We will go to Fontana and do everything we can to help him win."
In two weeks' time, we'll know if that's enough, or whether Will Power had finally clinched his long-delayed first IZOD IndyCar Series title. Right now, it's impossible to call it.
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