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Financial gap widening

Updated: September 11, 2002, 3:50 PM ET
By Jack Arute | ESPN.com

There is no debate. The squeeze is on.

No, not in Major League Baseball. The squeeze is a financial one that is affecting the bottom tier of the Indy Racing League's pool of teams.

When Roger Penske switched to the IRL this season, his arrival was greeted with mixed responses. Eddie Cheever Jr. talked about how the bar was raised. But others worried that Penske's financial well would put the press on marginal teams.

As reported here on RPM.ESPN.com, several of the IRL's teams ...

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