Wins IndyCar Series Championship in dominant fashion, driving the No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Chevrolet and beating second-place Buddy Lazier by 105 points. Scores three victories, including the first two races of the year, which were also his first two events with Panther Racing. Completes 2,643 of 2,650 laps (99.7%). Leads laps in 11 of the 13 races for a seriesleading total of 765 laps. Leads the most laps in six of the 13 races.