Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/7/14

JOLIET, IL - AUGUST 29: Ryan Briscoe, driver of the #6 Team Penske Dallara Honda celebrates with second placed Scott Dixon driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda and third placed Mario Moraes after winning the IRL IndyCar Series PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 on August 29, 2009 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois (Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)
Scott Dixon won his first championship at 23, too young to appreciate what he'd accomplished in his first full season with Chip Ganassi Racing and their first year competing in the IndyCar Series. The next title five seasons later capped one of those years you only dream about: Dixon won six races, the Indianapolis 500, married his wife, Emma, and topped it all off with his second championship. Then Dario Franchitti returned to IndyCar, as his teammate at Ganassi, and Dixon became an also-ran. He won 10 races over the next three years, but lost the championship every time to his new teammate. Franchitti won three consecutive titles from 2009 to 2011, and picked up two more Indy 500 wins in that span, beating Dixon in 2012 as the two swapped the lead with each other 11 times in the final 47 laps. But Dixon, who will go down as one of the greatest drivers in American open-wheel history when his career comes to a close, was never out of the hunt. Not even this season, when he was no...
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