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.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).