Dan Wheldon finally got to celebrate his first IRL title yesterday. Scott Dixon simply was happy to finally celebrate a win.

Dixon gained the lead with 12 laps to go at the Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and won the inaugural IRL Indy Grand Prix for his first victory since 2003.

Danica Patrick finished 16th. That was enough to give her rookie of the year honors.

Wheldon, a 27-year-old Englishman, secured the title when the third and final road race on the IRL schedule became official at the halfway point, the start of Lap 31.

Wheldon entered the race with 570 points, 102 more than defending champion Tony Kanaan with one race remaining.

"It's an unbelievable feeling to have this after winning the Indy 500 because that means so much to me," he said.

* FORMULA ONE: Fernando Alonso must find something else to aim for. Alonso, 24, became the series' youngest champion by finishing third in the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paolo. He already had been the youngest race winner and pole position winner.

"I need to find new targets because this one is done," Alonso said.

Michael Schumacher, whose five-year reign as Formula One champion ended, was fourth. Schumacher gave the new champion a hug and handshake while Alonso was doing interviews.

* CHAMP CAR: Despite a crash with Paul Tracy and a brush with his teammate, Sebastien Bourdais won the Hurricane Relief 400 on Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.