Scott Dixon may not have had the car to win, fighting overheating issues in the closing laps of the season finale MAVTV 500, but attrition and determination gave him what he needed to claim the 2013 title.
Championship rival Helio Castroneves finished sixth overall, only one spot behind Dixon, leaving the final margin of victory at 27 points.
"I still can’t believe we’ve won the championship. I guess the five-year thing played out," said Dixon.
The title was Chip Ganassi's 10th overall, and the ninth title for Honda. Despite winning the title, the team is slated to switch to Chevrolet next season.
Chevrolet claimed the manufacturers title on the back of Will Power's win.
Multiple incidents left only nine cars running at the end. Last year's Fontana winner Ed Carpenter took second, while Tony Kanaan finished third.
“As you go on through your career, you have good races, bad races, lots of ups and downs. You cherish Indianapolis 500 victories and championships a lot more. I don’t know whether you know you won’t do it in 10 more years or what but the drive is still there. I still wake up every morning wanting to go to the track and race cars and hopefully win some more races. I think the championships in 2003 and 2008 -- there were five years in between -- that the ups and downs make you realize it’s not that easy to win races," said Dixon.