Scott Dixon won the Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday, clinching his fourth career IndyCar series championship in the process.
Entering Sunday’s race, the final one of the IndyCar season, Dixon trailed Juan Pablo Montoya in the standings by 47 points. He also sat 13 points behind Graham Rahal.
Dixon finished the raced tied with Montoya in points, but took home the title because he had more wins this season (three) than Montoya (two). Montoya finished the race in sixth place.
“There was still a chance and that's what I was hoping for,” Dixon said, according to IndyCar.com. “I don't know what to say. This season we had some big races, and this was the biggest. We were such a longshot.”
Dixon previously won championships in 2003, 2008 and 2013.
Several drivers in Sunday’s race paid tribute to Justin Wilson, who died last week after being injured during a race.
- Dan Gartland