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Your 2013 IndyCar Driver of the Year: 8th - Charlie Kimball

You voted Charlie Kimball into 8th place in Crash.net's IndyCar Driver of the Year 2013 poll!
Top 10 IndyCar Driver of the Year 2013:
8. Charlie Kimball

Birthplace: Camarillo, California USA
Birthdate: February 20, 1985
Team: Chip Ganassi Racing
2013 starts: 19
Poles: 0
Wins: 1
Top 5: 3
Top 10: 10
Championship points: 427
Championship position: 9th
Crash.net IndyCar Driver of 2011 position: 22nd
Crash.net IndyCar Driver of 2012 position: 21st

Season summary:

With the Ganassi team dominated by two of the sport's superstars in Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti, it's been all too easy to overlook the steadily improving Charlie Kimball. Last year he came tantalisingly close to capturing victory at Toronto, and finally in 2013 the breakthrough came with his maiden series win at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Best of all, it was not a result of circumstance or a lucky fluke but was rather the fully deserved culmination of an impressive weekend-long performance. The victory made Kimball the fourth first time winner of the season (the most the series has had since 1965) and with nine other top ten finishes it also saw Kimball clinch ninth place in the championship - one ahead of four-time champ Franchitti, no less. No wonder he's leapt up in your estimations in the voting this year.

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Top 10 IndyCar Driver of the Year 2013 results so far:

9. Simona de Silvestro
10. Ryan Hunter-Reay


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Charlie Kimball leads Josef Newgarden during the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, August 4 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball came second in the Pocono IndyCar 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, July 7 2013. (Photo Credit: Brett Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball blows up (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball, Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, Takuma Sato, Mike Conway, Will Power, Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe (second left) is announced as the fourth driver for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2014 where he will join (L-R) Charlie Kimball, Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon. Kanaan will drive the #10 previously piloted by Dario Franchitti. Briscoe will drive the new #8 car in a multi-year contract. (Photo Credit: Lynne Huntting, presssnoop.com)
Tony Kanaan, left, and Charlie Kimball, center, compare notes during some downtime at a Chip Ganassi Racing test day at Sebring International Raceway on December 4, 2013. (Photo Credit: Dave Lewandowski for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan watches on as Charlie Kimball sits in his car during a Chip Ganassi Racing team test day at Sebring International Raceway on December 4, 2013. (Photo Credit: Dave Lewandowski for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball claims the chequered flag at the end of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, August 4 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball leads Dario Franchitti during the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, August 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball in action during the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, August 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Mike Harding for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball celebrates on the podium with Dario Franchitti and Simon Pagenaud after the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, August 4 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball celebrates on the podium with Dario Franchitti, Chip Ganassi and Simon Pagenaud after the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, August 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball celebrates victory in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, August 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball celebrates victory in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, August 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball celebrates victory in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, August 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball celebrates victory with his team after the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, August 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball is congratulated by car owner Chip Ganassi after his victory in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, August 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball celebrates victory in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, August 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)

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