2002 — Sam Hornish Jr. wins another incredible race at Texas Motor Speedway, and his second straight IRL title. Hornish side-by-side with Helio Castroneves for many of the last 25 laps in the season-ending Chevy 500, crosses the finish line 0.0096 seconds — only a few inches — ahead of the other driver in contention for the season championship. Hornish wins his IRL-record fifth race of the season and becomes the first driver to win two IRL championships.
In this Sept. 15, 2002, file photo, 2002 Indy Racing League Champion Sam Hornish Jr., holds up his fingers signifying his two consecutive IRL championships following his Chevy 500 win, Sunday Sept. 15, 2002, at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)