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October 23, 2013

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% Dixon the Great: When it's all said and done — and at just 33 years old, who knows when that will be — Scott Dixon will go down as one of the greatest drivers in IndyCar history.

His numbers already rank him as one of the most complete drivers the series has ever seen.

Dixon won his third championship Saturday night by finishing fifth at Fontana to cap a remarkable comeback. He was seventh in the standings and winless at the midpoint of the season, but ended the year with four wins in the final nine races — good enough for a 27-point victory over Helio Castroneves in the final standings.

This championship came in a 19-race season in which IndyCar had 10 different winners. The schedule included 10 street courses, six ovals and three road courses — far different from his 2003 championship, which was a 16-race schedule of only ovals. Dixon had three wins in 2003 and finished second five times.

The IndyCar landscape began to shift in 2008 as the 18-race schedule consisted of 10 ovals, four road courses and three street races. Dixon won six times, including the Indianapolis 500.

Now, with his three titles, and 33 career victories that rank seventh on the all-time wins list, Dixon has clearly established himself as a modern-day great.

Where will he be when he's finished?

"I don't know. I think I'm kind of one of those people that once it's said and done, I'm done with racing, I can look back and say, 'Hey, we achieved this, I achieved this.' That's the time for that," Dixon said. "For me right now, I love racing. I want to race. Whether it's IndyCar stuff, sports car stuff that the team does, I love being at a track. I love waking up thinking about it, train for it, do all that kind of stuff."

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