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Dixon repeats amidst Glen chaos.

Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon survived numerous caution periods as well as pre-race and late race rain showers to win the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix for the second successive year.

Dixon survived a rain-affected final restart to win a shortened 55-lap race by more than two seconds over Panther Racing's Vitor Meira with IRL IndyCar Series returnee Ryan Briscoe completing the podium for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

The 3.37-mile Watkins Glen International road course proved a massive challenge on an overcast day in upper state New York with more than half of the 19 car starting field sampling the scenery at one point or other. As a result of the excess spinnery the race was reduced by five laps in order to fit into the allotted two-hour time limit.

While Dixon was a contender throughout the race, several drivers will be ruing either mistakes by themselves, others or just plain misfortune with the way the caution periods fell.

Buddy Rice, one of many to spin, played the strategy game well to finish fourth with Felipe Giaffone taking AJ Foyt Racing's best result in several years with fifth place.

Ed Carpenter stayed out of trouble to finish sixth with polesitter Helio Castroneves seventh after getting caught out with the repeated intervention of the safety car.

Danica Patrick recovered from a final turn brush with the barriers to take eighth place while Tomas Scheckter led convincingly during the early stages and lost a guaranteed fourth place with a spin on the last lap.

Tony Kanaan was another contender for the win but spun twice in the closing stages as the rain that left the track soaked before the start returned for the final ten laps. The Brazilian Andretti-Green Racing driver finished eleventh, one place ahead of Sam Hornish Jr who also spun.

Dario Franchitti and mid-race leader Dan Wheldon both retired with mechanical problems with Wheldon breaking a half shaft as he left the pits following his final pitstop.

Indy 500 rookie sensation Marco Andretti was in sparkling form as he battled in and around the top five before being taken out by an errant Eddie Cheever on lap 39.




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Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Ernie Masche/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon (left), driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, after winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Joining him on the podium is Charlie Kimball, driver of the #83 Novolog Flexpen Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 who finished third. Chevrolet won its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon - 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series champion - Target Chip Ganassi Racing (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates with team mates after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates with Chip Ganassi after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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