They call him The Iceman, and he is now a three-time IndyCar Series Champion. Scott Dixon was one of the few cars that finished Saturday night’s race at Auto Club Speedway, as he captured the title with a fifth-place finish. He actually scored 2 more points on Helio Castroneves this weekend, and officially won the championship by 27 points over the rival Penske driver.
It wasn’t all bad for Roger Penske, who did end up in victory lane, as Will Power conquered the 500-mile race. Ed Carpenter and Tony Kanaan joined him on the podium. It was a strong end to the season for Power, who won 3 of the last 5 races of the season. It seems like just yesterday, that everyone was worried about him during his winless streak.
For the 5th time in the last 6 years, Team Penske finishes the season as the bridesmaid in the Championship. As mind-numbing as that is, the night was all about Dixon, and Chip Ganassi Racing’s incredible second half of the season. Entering the race at Pocono in July, Dixon was in 7th place in the standings, 92 points behind leader Castroneves.
The championship season for Ganassi was all about overcoming obstacles. After having a disastrous start to the season, they were able to rebound. After the incidents at Texas, Sonoma, and Baltimore, they were able to rebound. After all of the drama and hard luck, they fought through and turned the tables in Houston. That, is what defined their season.
Dixon won the Astor Cup trophy, and Chevrolet won the Manufacturer’s Championship for the second year in a row. The scary part about Dixon’s title run is that he is still only 33 years old, and probably has about another decade of racing ahead of him. The 2008 Indy 500 winner has 31 career wins, 22 poles, and now – 3 championships.
With the season ending tonight, the 2014 schedule kicks off on March 30 in St Petersburg. The next oval race, is the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25.