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Rahal blamed himself for his run-in with the wall.

“I was pushing really hard and just made a mistake,” he said. “I felt really good in that area but I just hit the curb, and the car completely launched into the air.”

Power, of course, had no trouble with the course. It’s as if he’s been driving around the Inner Harbor for years.

“This track is very physical. There are lots of turns and not many straights, now that they have added the chicane,” he said. “Starting from the pole, it’s a lot easier to control your own destiny. Over the last few weeks we’ve done we needed to do, and we want to continue. It’s going to be a good show for Baltimore fans.”