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IndyCar Driver of the Year vote: 10th

You voted Dario Franchitti into 10th place in Crash.net's IndyCar Driver of the Year 2012 poll!
Top 10 IndyCar Driver of the Year 2012:
10. Dario Franchitti

Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Birthdate: May 19, 1973
Team: Target Chip Ganassi Racing
2012 starts: 15
Poles: 2
Wins: 1
Top 5: 5
Top 10: 7
Championship points: 363
Championship position: 7th
Crash.net IndyCar Driver of 2011 position: 1st

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!


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Dario Franchitti shows off his three Indy 500 Winner rings. 96th Indianapolis 500 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway - 27 May 2012. (c) 2012, Phillip Abbott.LAT Photo USA. LAT Photo USA (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Winner Dario Franchitti. 96th Indianapolis 500 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway - 27 May 2012. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt. LAT Photo USA (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Race winner Dario Franchitti gets a standing ovation at the 2012 IndyCar Indy 500 Race Awards Banquet in Indianapolis on May 28. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt. LAT Photo USA. (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Scott Dixon leads Dario Franchitti and Simon Pagenaud at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. 1-3 June, 2012, Detroit, Michigan (c) 2012, Phillip G. Abbott LAT Photo USA (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Dario Franchitti #50 Target Chip Ganassi Racing during practice for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. 12-27 May, 2012, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. (c) 2012 Dan R. Boyd LAT Photo USA (Photo credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
IZOD IndyCar Series driver Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing) (c) 2012 Michael L. Levitt, LAT Photo (Photo credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Mikhail Aleshin waits on pitlane prior to practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz waits on pit lane in Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The crew of Mikhail Aleshin go to work in the pits (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power and Carlos Munoz flank winner Mike Conway during their victory lap (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Huertas (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Jack Hawksworth enters the hairpin during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Huertas waits on pitlane prior to the start (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon rolls out of pitlane during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz with a champagne surprise (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrating his victory (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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