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Championship went down to the wire

Updated: September 17, 2002, 2:09 PM ET
By Jack Arute | Special to ABC Sports Online

If Oliver Stone had written the script, Hollywood would have laughed.

Here was a 23-year-old who captured his first IRL championship facing the arrival of one of racing's best-prepared and richest operations. He was a one-car team about to defend its honor against a two-car outfit that has won more Indy Car races, more Indy Car championships and more Indy 500s than any other in history.

When Roger Penske announced his IRL intentions last winter, many automatically gave him this year's ...

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