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Helio's thrilling win at Chicagoland dulls pain of runner-up title finish

Helio Castroneves did his job to win Sunday's IndyCar finale at Chicagoland Speedway. Problem is, Scott Dixon did his job to win the series title, writes John Schwarb.

Updated: September 7, 2008, 9:39 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

JOLIET, Ill. -- Helio Castroneves couldn't control what Scott Dixon did Sunday in their battle for the IndyCar Series title. He could only control his own fate.

As it turned out, he couldn't have done anything more.

Dixon won the season-long fight, earning his second series title with a second-place finish in the Peak Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, a race in which he only had to finish eighth. But Castroneves won the final round ...

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