Dixon wins 2015 IndyCar title via tiebreaker

Scott Dixon and Juan Pablo Montoya tie for 2015 IndyCar title after a thrilling season finale at Sonoma Raceway.

In a remarkable turn of events, Scott Dixon has come from 47 points back to win the 2015 IndyCar championship, the fourth of his impressive career.

Juan Pablo Montoya has led the points in every single race of the season - except the last one. After a restart earlier in the race, he and Team Penske Will Power collided. Montoya was forced to pit for a front wing change, giving the edge to Dixon and Graham Rahal.

"It doesn't matter what happened," Montoya said of the contact. "We fought all year and it's just a shame."

"I feel bad for Juan," said Power. "I went to switch back under Newgarden and I think that damaged his wing"

Montoya fought his way through the pack and with ten laps remaining, he needed to pass three more cars to keep the crown. Two of those cars took care of that for him as Sebastien Bourdais and Graham Rahal got together. Rahal spun and Bourdais suffered a drive-through penalty for avoidable contact. Rahal had some incensed words with the Frenchman after the race.

Montoya had a 3.4 second gap to Ryan Briscoe to make up, which he was able to cut into, but it wasn't enough.

"We threw it away," Montoya added. "You put double points in one race and it doesn't matter what you did all year."

Will Power ended up third in points, 63 back. Rahal is fourth, 66 behind and Castroneves brought home fifth, 103 points off the lead.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Charlie Kimball were the other two drivers who stood on the podium. Tony Kanaan and Briscoe rounded out the top five.

Pos Driver  Car/Engine   Time  Gap
Scott Dixon Dallara/Chevrolet 2:09'14.2620  
Ryan Hunter-Reay Dallara/Honda 2:09'20.3735 6.1115
Charlie Kimball Dallara/Chevrolet 2:09'21.3899 7.1279
Tony Kanaan Dallara/Chevrolet 2:09'23.1650 8.9030
Ryan Briscoe Dallara/Honda 2:09'24.3369 10.0749
Juan Pablo Montoya Dallara/Chevrolet 2:09'25.5168 11.2548
Will Power Dallara/Chevrolet 2:09'26.7497 12.4877
Takuma Sato Dallara/Honda 2:09'30.3508 16.0888
Rodolfo Gonzalez Dallara/Honda 2:09'35.0631 20.8011
10  Mikhail Aleshin Dallara/Honda 2:09'36.8369 22.5749
11  Marco Andretti Dallara/Honda 2:09'37.9329 23.6709
12  Oriol Servia Dallara/Honda 2:09'38.7134 24.4514
13  Sebastian Saavedra Dallara/Chevrolet 2:09'39.0395 24.7775
14  Gabby Chaves Dallara/Honda 2:09'39.7977 25.5357
15  Helio Castroneves Dallara/Chevrolet 2:09'40.3279 26.0659
16  Simon Pagenaud Dallara/Chevrolet 2:09'41.5805 27.3185
17  Stefano Coletti Dallara/Chevrolet 2:09'49.4265 35.1645
18  Graham Rahal Dallara/Honda 2:09'50.7458 36.4838
19  Jack Hawksworth Dallara/Honda 2:09'53.2024 38.9404
20  Sebastien Bourdais Dallara/Chevrolet 2:09'56.8576 42.5956

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Series IndyCar
Event Sonoma
Track Sonoma Raceway
Article type Race report