The restart was waved off twice, causing consternation to those worried about fuel, but a rapid return to yellow on lap 175 seemed to put the fuel issue beyond further doubt. The caution was for Milka Duno spinning and hitting the wall - and she did it right in front of Dario Franchitti, who managed to miss her wrecking but who would have had championship thoughts flashing before his eyes. He'd dropped down to ninth at the back of the lead lap as as a result, and the whole thing was becoming agonisingly close and tight as Will Power could only watch on from the sidelines, willing some mishap to overtake his rival.
The final stint of the race: Dixon took off at the front, while Helio found himself unable to match the pace of Andretti Autosports team mates Kanaan and Patrick, who staged a side-by-side battle for second place for the remainder of the laps, Patrick showing more pace and aggression in these twenty laps than she had for the entire rest of the season: she deserved the position, and nipped Kanaan for second by 0.011s. But their private battle had given Scott Dixon all the time in the world to run away and hide, and he claimed an impressive race win for Ganassi.
And Franchitti? And the title? Dario was lurking well out of harm's way, or so he hoped. He picked up an extra position when Dan Wheldon's National Guard car hit problems and fell back through the field, but he had no inclination to go near anyone who could do him harm - like any of the remaining Penske boys. But Dario's an experienced, canny old hand and he plotted his course carefully - the chequered flag came into sight, and it was over. Dario's careful magical eighth had done the trick.
With Dario Franchitti champion for the third time in four years, and Scott Dixon winning the race, Dario's smile - tinged with a fair helping of relief - couldn't have been broader or more heartfelt. And heartfelt commiserations must also to Will Power who would have been a well-liked, sentimental champion if not for that hit with the wall. So close, and yet not nearly close enough for the Aussie.
- Alex Lloyd won the IZOD IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year Award, the first time a Dale Coyne Racing driver has achieved that.
- There were a record 18 lead changes - the previous record was 15 in 2004.
- Dario Franchitti's championship was won by just 5pts over Will Power, the second-closest margin of victory in IZOD IndyCar Series history,
- It's the fifth time in the last six years that the Indianapolis 500 winner has also won the championship: Dan Wheldon (2005), Sam Hornish Jr. (2006), Dario Franchitti (2007), Scott Dixon (2008), and Franchitti again in 2010.
- Target Chip Ganassi Racing's victory marks the first time a team has won three straight titles in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
- Danica Patrick extended her record of 33 consecutive races running at the finish, with her second place tying her season best set at Texas.
- Scott Dixon earned his 24th career IZOD IndyCar Series victory, extending his series record. It was Scott Dixon's third victory of the season - he also won on the oval at Kansas and on the airport course at Edmonton.