2008 campaign offered the best of times, the worst of times

If you like roller coasters, you probably liked the 2008 IndyCar season. The highs? The open-wheel merger, Scott Dixon's mastery at Indy, Danica's historic first win. The lows? Helio's tax-evasion indictment and the passing of a legend. John Oreovicz recaps the season.

Updated: October 7, 2008, 12:23 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

How do you quantify what counts as a high or a low for an IndyCar Series season during which Milka Duno led more laps than Danica Patrick?

Or one in which Helio Castroneves nearly snuck away with the season championship despite winning only two races to Scott Dixon's six? In which Dan Wheldon won two races and finished fourth in the standings, yet lost his job with Target Chip Ganassi Racing?

There is no denying that the IndyCar Series sometimes functioned ...

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