Over the past decade, there have been times when both Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay were either out of work or deep in debt. Both considered abandoning their racing careers.
Now Power and Hunter-Reay go into Saturday night's season finale at Auto Club Speedway battling for the IndyCar championship.
The winner will be a first-time champion and officially end Dario Franchitti's three-year title run.
Hunter-Reay has a series-best four wins this season, but trails Power by 17 points. He said he is not thinking about a championship, and is focused only on trying to win the race.
Power is trying to win his first title after falling short the last two years. He lost the championship both years in the finale to Franchitti.
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