Dixon understandably frustrated as title hopes slip away on final lap

Scott Dixon said he could have more easily dealt with losing the IndyCar Series title on "even terms." Running out of fuel on the final lap apparently didn't qualify, writes John Schwarb.

Updated: September 10, 2007, 12:06 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

JOLIET, Ill. -- From Scott Dixon's seat, there could not have been a worse way to go out.

With half a lap to go at Chicagoland Speedway, the Target/Ganassi driver had a title in sight. He was leading the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300, but more importantly he was leading Dario Franchitti, the man he had to beat for the title.

If Franchitti had regained steam and made a pass, that would have been fine. Well, not fine, but digestible.

But not running out of ...

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