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IndyCar Driver of the Year vote: Full results

Ryan Hunter-Reay won your plaudits after snatching the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series title from Will Power, but let's dig deeper and see what else this year's Driver of the Year results tell us.
That's it, here's your 2012 IndyCar Driver of the Year in full, with the final averaged ratings (out of ten) for the top ten:

The top ten
1. Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) - rated 8.39
2. Will Power (Team Penske) - rated 8.03
3. Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt-Hamilton Motorport) - rated 7.69
4. Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) - rated 7.55
5. James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport) - rated 7.25
6. Helio Castroneves (Team Penske) - rated 6.61
7. Sebastien Bourdais (Dragon Racing) - rated 6.48
8. Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) - rated 6.47
9. Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing) - rated 6.46
10. Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) - rated 6.45

The rest of the field
11. Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology) - rated 6.29
12. Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske) - rated 6.21
13. Rubens Barrichello (KV Racing Technology) - rated 6.20
14. Oriol Servia (Panther DRR) - rated 5.66
15. Simona de Silvestro (Nuclear Clean Air Energy HVM Racing) - rated 5.64
16. Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing) - rated 5.53
17. Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing) - rated 5.44
18. Alex Tagliani (Bryan Herta Autosport) - rated 5.37
19. JR Hildebrand (Panther Racing) - rated 5.37
20. Graham Rahal (Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing) - rated 5.27
21. Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing) - rated 5.00
22. Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport) - rated 4.59
23. Katherine Legge (Dragon Racing) - rated 4.52
24. Mike Conway (AJ Foyt Enterprises) - rated 4.35
25. EJ Viso (KV Racing Technology) - rated 4.07
26. James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing) - rated 3.79

Many thanks for the thousands of votes - we were genuinely thrilled by the response and confirmation of the interest and enthusiasm that the community has shown for IndyCar racing in 2012. Here's to an even better season to come in 2013!

You can see from the results listed above that Ryan Hunter-Reay was the winner by a much bigger margin in our Driver of the Year vote than he was in the actual IZOD IndyCar Series championship (where he won by a razor-thin three points at the end.) Will Power was also a long way ahead of rookie of the year Simon Pagenaud - which surprised us a little, as we figured the Frenchman as one of the most impressive débuts we've seen by a driver in any series.

But what about the rest who didn't make it into the top ten?

Surely the big shock is the non-appearance of F1 transferee Rubens Barrichello in the top ten? We were expecting him to feature somewhere, and yet it seems the electorate was ultimately not wildly impressed by the Brazilian's foray into the US open wheel racing scene. In fact Barrichello scored an average vote of 6.20, putting him on the tail-end of a very closely-packed crowd of eight drivers which start with compatriot Helio Castroneves up in sixth place. It could easily have been a totally different story if the votes had gone just slightly differently.

Also caught up in that crowded midfield was Barrichello's best friend and 'brother' Tony Kanaan who also narrowly failed to make it into the top ten despite having finished in third place in the 2011 Driver of the Year poll. Another of last year's strong performers, Oriol Servia, similarly ended up slumping out of the top ten this year - although in the Spaniard's case this was partly a result of having to find a new team in 2012 after the exit of Newman/Haas Racing from the sport at the end of last season.

It's a surprise to see two of this year's race winners (Ryan Briscoe and Ed Carpenter) not get a little more love from the voters, but we're not remotely surprised to see that Ganassi's 'junior team' line-up of Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball broadly getting the thumbs down after a fairly lacklustre season given the potential of the hardware at their disposal.

On the flip side, it's nice to see Simona de Sivestro get some recognition for a thankless season slogging away as the de facto Lotus test driver perennially stuck at the back of the grid all season long through no fault of her own. Let's hope that her move to KV Racing Technology alongside Tony Kanaan will see her better served in 2013.

De Silvestro even placed ahead of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing rookie Josef Newgarden, who had moments of genius in his maiden year but also the usual sort of bad luck and mistakes typical for a young driver's first experience in a top series. We figured on him being slightly better than 17th but agree he was no top ten contender this year - the interesting question will be whether he blossoms next season and duly zooms his way to the top of the 2013 IndyCar Driver of the Year standings.

We'll start getting the answer to that question on the Streets of St. Petersburg in Florida on March 24!

Related Pictures

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Scott Dixon leads Sebastien Bourdais, Josef Newgarden, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Ryan Briscoe 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 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)
Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay is congratulated by runner-up Will Power after the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championship season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Crowded track on Carb. Day, Helio Castroneves (#3), JR Hildebrand (#4), Marco Andretti (#26), Sebastian Saavedra (#17), Will Power (#12) and Dario Franchitti (#50) speed down the main straight in a pack at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Carb Day. 24-25 May, 2012, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. (c) 2012, F. Peirce Williams. LAT Photo USA (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Penske`s Will Power takes the green flag and crosses the start finish line at the start of the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt. (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)
Ryan Hunter-Reay #28 celebrates with team owner Michael Andretti and IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard after winning the Indycar 2012 series championship at the end of the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championship season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (c) 2012 Jamey Price (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)
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David Chaste - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 3:50 PM

If Michael Andretti does not do to the media thing Indycar should have done it. It is their league, and having an american champion is the best way to market the league. This was a hugely missed opportunity. I actually think Graham Rahal is the best american talent in the league. So he should be invested in. He just hasn't had a top car to drive. Since Franchitti was struggling last year and was out of the title hunt, Ganassi could have gave him some performance bits on his car. If I was in Indycar I would have asked Chip to do so. It would have been good for marketing. I could do a better marketing job than is presently being done.

Luke - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 6:18 AM

Graham Rahal is rated far too low, people don't relize the ganassi second team runs on a tight budget completely seperated from the main target squad, also give the guy credit for being soo close to dario in the points dispite a load of bad luck.

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