Michigan critical to contenders' title hopes

With four races left on the IndyCar schedule, the title race is red-hot. Sam Hornish Jr. has to be the favorite, but there are plenty of drivers to give him a run, writes Rusty Wallace.

Updated: July 28, 2006, 5:50 PM ET
By Rusty Wallace | Special to ESPN.com

The title race is becoming the on-track focus in the IndyCar Series as Sam Hornish Jr. tries to finish off a championship run with four races to go.

Only 32 points separate the top four drivers. Penske's Hornish is in the lead, with teammate Helio Castroneves in third. Ganassi driver Scott Dixon is in second, with teammate and defending champion Dan Wheldon in fourth.

I would have to say that, of the drivers who aren't driving Penske or Ganassi cars, Vitor Meira was the one ...

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