Dixon’s third title caps memorable 2013 IndyCar season (VIDEO)

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We got a little bit of everything this year from the IndyCar Series.

With the season now complete, the countdown is now on to next year’s season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 30, 2014 – a race that will kick off a more condensed campaign for North America’s top open-wheel category.

But in terms of drama, 2013 will be hard to beat.

We saw 10 different drivers claim the winner’s trophy, with four of them doing so for the first time in their IndyCar careers. We had multiple ‘instant classic’ races like Sao Paulo and a record-shattering Indianapolis 500.

We got to witness true emotional highs like Takuma Sato bringing A.J. Foyt Racing back to Victory Lane at Long Beach and Tony Kanaan finally breaking through in that very ‘500.’ And we also shared in emotional lows such as Dario Franchitti’s devastating accident in Houston that vividly showed the darker side of the sport we love.

And then, finally, the ending last night at Auto Club Speedway: Will Power conquering the track that cost him the championship one year ago, and Scott Dixon finishing off a tremendous second half of the season to win his third IndyCar Series title.

Ups and downs, peaks and valleys. Every story has them all, and IndyCar was no different in 2013.