Top 10 IndyCar Driver of the Year 2012:
May 19, 1973
Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Crash.net IndyCar Driver of 2011 position:
We reckon it's a surprise to see Dario Franchitti - last year's IZOD IndyCar Series champion and Crash.net
IndyCar Driver of the Year - in tenth place. But we can't quite decide whether it's a surprise to see him so low in the standings ... or so high.
After all, it's been a pretty dismal year for the Scot as much by his standards as for our expectations of him. He just never seemed to click with the new DW12 chassis and the 2012-spec Honda engines until it was far too late. The question is whether things will be better for him in 2013.
But the one saving grace of the year: his third Indy 500 victory, putting him well and truly in with the greats of that historic event. He might have hoped for more overall, but that's not a bad prize to take from 2012!