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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)
Sebastien Bourdais with his son after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
The red flag is waived halting attempts to start Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway and Team Owner Ed Carpenter celebrate victory in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais gets a congratulatory hug from team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium with winner Mike Conway (center), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. Tony Kanaan (left), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet celebrates his second-place finish. Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates his third-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag while racing to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway on his way to victory in the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway jumps for joy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway with the winner`s flag after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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