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Over the long history of the sport of IndyCar racing, team owner Roger Penske is the most successful team owner in terms of championships, race victories and Indianapolis 500 wins. But in the 15 seasons of the IZOD IndyCar Series, Target Chip Ganassi Racing is the most successful team in terms of winning the series championship.
It was Dario Franchitti’s calmness and coolness under fire that allowed him to claim his third IZOD IndyCar title. And by doing it in the same season that he won his second Indianapolis 500, Franchitti became one of five drivers to win the Indy 500 and the series championships in the same season more than once in their careers.
Alex Lloyd of Dale Coyne Racing clinched the Rookie of the Year Award in the IZOD IndyCar Series with his 12th place finish while his nearest pursuer, Simona de Silvestro, finished 23rd. Lloyd won the 2007 Firestone Indy Lights championship but didn’t get a full-time IndyCar ride until this season.