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Vote for your IndyCar Driver of the Year

We asked you to rate each of the IZOD IndyCar Series drivers out of ten for their 2011 performances...
Update: Voting is now closed. Watch out for the results being unveiled shortly.

2011 has certainly been an unforgettable year for the IZOD IndyCar Series; sadly, not always for the best of reasons.

The season started back in March on the streets of St Petersburg in Florida, took in the centennial Indianapolis 500 in May with that amazing last-corner finish, went through a crash-filled race in Toronto, controversy at New Hampshire and built to a thrilling showdown between title contenders Dario Franchitti and Will Power - only to end in tragedy on the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Inevitably it's hard to think of 2011 being anything other than 'Dan Wheldon's year,' from both the highs of his second Indy 500 win to the dreadful lows of his untimely death at Vegas. In between he became the perfect ambassador for the series, showed he was a skilful TV commentator, and contributed hugely to the future of the series with his testing of the new Dallara chassis that will now be named in his honour.

But for all that, Wheldon only competed in two races all season before Vegas. What about the other drivers? Did Dario Franchitti shine, or was this really Will Power's breakout year? How about Oriol Servia and James Hinchcliffe putting Newman/Haas Racing back on the map, or Tony Kanaan rebounding from what looked like the end of his IndyCar career to finish in fifth place in the championship? Or Ed Carpenter taking his first-ever win, and Marco Andretti finally back in victory lane after five lean years?

There have been many moments and highlights of the season, and this is your chance to have your say on each of the 26 drivers who competed in at least half (that is, nine or more) of this season's races and tell us how you think they've done this year.

Simply rate each one out of ten and we'll provide your definitive countdown in the coming weeks based on the average scores.

Voting is now closed, but you can still review the details of the 26 drivers.

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Danica Patrick [Picture credit: IndyCar media]
Graham Rahal on the streets of Baltimore. [Photo credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media]
Marco Andretti on track at Infineon Raceway. [Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Ryan Hunter-Reay. [Picture credit: IndyCar media]
Scott Dixon and Ryan Briscoe on track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday during practice. [Photo credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media]
Tony Kanaan on track at Baltimore. [Photo Credit: IndyCar Media]
Oriol Servia on track in practice at Motegi. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Scott Dixon celebrates in victory lane in Motegi. [Photo credit: LAT Photo USA for IndyCar Media]
Will Power on track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 2011 season finale. [Picture credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media]
Dario Franchitti at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 2011 season finale. [Picture credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media]
Will Power and Dario Franchitti pose together on the road course track at Motegi. [Photo credit: IndyCar Media]

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dano - Unregistered

November 10, 2011 8:15 PM

Will Power gets my vote. If you look at how many times he was taken out by someone else (even his own team mate) he should have beaten Dario easily. Dario was quick as always but I think Will has his measure now. Maybe not quite on ovals yet but he is catching fast.Rahal and Hunter-Ray also had some really good drives through the season.

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