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IndyCar Driver of the Year vote: 1st

You voted the new IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay into 1st place in Crash.net's IndyCar Driver of the Year 2012 poll!
Top 10 IndyCar Driver of the Year 2012:
1. Ryan Hunter-Reay

Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA
Birthdate: December 17, 1980
Team: Andretti Autosport
2012 starts: 15
Poles: 1
Wins: 4
Top 5: 7
Top 10: 10
Championship points: 468
Championship position: 1st
Crash.net IndyCar Driver of 2011 position: 11th

Yes, winning the title really does speak volumes - and the Crash.net voters have endorsed the season's outcome by making Ryan Hunter-Reay their IndyCar Driver of the Year. You were expecting someone else, perhaps?

We're certainly not going to argue with the decision to crown Hunter-Reay: not only did he win more races than anyone else all season, he was somehow able to keep his head in the nailbiting season finale to bring home the title by just three points ahead of perennial bridesmaid Will Power. It's been quite a year and quite a performance from Hunter-Reay and there are few people in motorsports that he hasn't impressed in 2012.

Even though he started the year with a podium at St Petersberg and took a great second place in Sao Paulo, no one was really figuring Hunter-Reay as a potential championship contender until he hit that fabulous period in the summer which resulted in a hat-trick of wins at Milwaukee, Iowa and Toronto. His luck faltered at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma so that even with a win at Baltimore he went into the season finale behind Will Power in the points. Mere misfortune befalling Power at Fontana would not be enough: Hunter-Reay also had to deliver a fourth place to be the champion. He did, and he was.

Remarkably, Hunter-Reay is the only American driver in our top ten this year. His compatriots had better keep up with his example if they want to be IndyCar champions and Crash.net Driver of the Year winners in years to come!

Check back later in the week for the details of the averages each driver scored, and what happened to those drivers outside the top ten.

The complete top 10 IndyCar Driver of the Year 2012 results:
1. Ryan Hunter-Reay
2. Will Power
3. Simon Pagenaud
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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Winner Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates his win in the Grand Prix of Baltimore (c) 2012 Michael L. Levitt (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Ryan Hunter Reay.(c) 2012, Perry Nelson (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Ryan Hunter-Reay. July 6-9, 2012. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (c) 2012 Perry Nelson (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Winner Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates in Victory Lane after the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Newton, Iowa 23 June (c) 2012 Dan R. Boyd LAT Photo USA (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Winner Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates in victory lane. July 6-9, 2012. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (c) 2012 F. Peirce Williams (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Eventual winner Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28) holds off a challenge for the lead from race runner-up Tony Kanaan (#11) on the final restart at the Milaukee IndyFest - Wisconsin, 16 June. (c) 2012, F. Peirce Williams LAT Photo USA (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Ryan Hunter-Reay tries to pass Will Power on a restart in the Sao Paulo Indy 300 in Brazil. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt, LAT Photo USA. Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA
IZOD IndyCar Series driver Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28 Andretti Autosport) (c) 2012 Michael L. Levitt, LAT Photo (Photo credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Ryan Hunter-Reay waits on pitlane prior to practice at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson and Charlie Kimball go side-by-side for the start of the Pocono INDYCAR 500 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay with an early pit stop during the Pocono INDYCAR 500 (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson exits Turn 2 during practice for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson waits on pit lane prior to qualifications for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves celebrates second place (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves on pit road (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves leads Ryan Briscoe (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves on pit lane prior to qualifications for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves heads down the Long Pond Straightaway during practice for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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