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Associated Press / September 3, 2012
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Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Grand Prix of Baltimore Sunday, a victory that keeps alive his hopes of winning the IndyCar Series championship.

Will Power could have clinched the overall title with a win, but the pole sitter finished sixth in a race that drew nine caution flags and was marred by rain.

Power will take a 17-point lead over Hunter-Reay into the final race of the year, on the oval in Fontana, Calif., Sept. 15.

Ryan Briscoe took second, rookie Simon Pagenaud was third, and Scott Dixon came in fourth. The race was marked by controversy, with Power and Briscoe questioning Hunter-Reay’s timing on a restart near the end of the race. Officials said a replay showed Hunter-Reay acted appropriately.

Power fell out of the lead around the 20th lap to make a pit stop for a change to rain tires. The other top three cars opted to stay on slick tires, so Hunter-Reay moved in front.

Dario Franchitti’s disappointing season took another hit on Lap 21 when he spun to a stop after his car was clipped from behind by Simona de Silvestro. The collision damaged the front of Silvestro’s car, and she eventually dropped out of the race. Franchitti finished 13th.

Takuma Sato was forced to drop out in Lap 50 due to mechanical problems. Sebastien Bourdais exited on Lap 32 with mechanical failure in the suspension.

Formula One — Jenson Button coasted to his second victory of the season at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa after series leader Fernando Alonso was sent flying off the track following Romain Grosjean’s reckless driving. Alonso was not injured.

It was Button’s first win at Spa and No. 14 in the British driver’s career. He led from start to finish.

Defending champion Sebastian Vettel finished second and Kimi Raikkonen third.

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