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IndyCar Driver of the Year vote: 4th

You voted New Zealand's Scott Dixon into 4th place in Crash.net's IndyCar Driver of the Year 2012 poll!
Top 10 IndyCar Driver of the Year 2012:
4. Scott Dixon

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Birthdate: July 22, 1980
Team: Target Chip Ganassi Racing
2012 starts: 15
Poles: 1
Wins: 2
Top 5: 8
Top 10: 9
Championship points: 435
Championship position: 3rd
Crash.net IndyCar Driver of 2011 position: 4th

Scott Dixon may be the ultimate Mr Consistency working in motor sports today. You may not always notice him plugging away race after race, season after season, no matter who this season's main rival is or what changes there have been to technical specifications; but he certainly gets the job done time and again in his understated, quiet Kiwi fashion. It's great that such lasting talent gets due recognition by the Crash.net voters with a second consecutive fourth place in the Driver of the Year standings.

If not for some problems with the new-spec Honda engine's initial power and reliability compared with its Chevrolet counterpart, Dixon would have surely have been a strong outright contender for this year's championship - even though his three other Ganassi stable mates were out of the title running almost from the start. In the first six races of the year Dixon finished second three times and won at Detroit; he won again later in the year at Mid-Ohio and finished the season on the podium at Fontana.

In the end he was just 33 points behind the 2012 champion and was the highest-placed of the Honda-powered drivers in third place in the final standings. In the circumstances, that really is actually a rather impressive year.

Top 10 IndyCar Driver of the Year 2012 results so far:
4. Scott Dixon
5. James Hinchcliffe
6. Helio Castroneves
7. Sebastien Bourdais
8. Takuma Sato
9. Justin Wilson
10. Dario Franchitti


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Ed Carpenter #20 celebrates with Scott Dixon #9 and Dario Franchitti #10 after winning the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championship season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (c) 2012 Jamey Price (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Scott Dixon, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud celebrate on the podium after the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 5 2012. (c) 2012, Phillip Abbott. (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Scott Dixon leads Sebastien Bourdais and Josef Newgarden during the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 5 2012. (c) 2012, Phillip Abbott. (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)
Scott Dixon during practice for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. 12-27 May, 2012, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt. LAT Photo USA (Photo credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Will Power, Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves celebrate on the podium after the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on April 1 2012. [Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA (c) 2012, Phillip Abbott. LAT Photo USA]
Winner Scott Dixon celebrates after the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 5 2012. (c) 2012, F. Peirce Williams. (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
IZOD IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon (#9 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)

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