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Your 2013 IndyCar Driver of the Year: 5th - Simon Pagenaud

You voted Simon Pagenaud into 5th place in Crash.net's IndyCar Driver of the Year 2013 poll!
Top 10 IndyCar Drivers of the Year 2013:
5. Simon Pagenaud

Birthplace: Montmorillon, France
Birthdate: May 18, 1984
Team: Schmidt-Hamilton Motorport
2013 starts: 19
Poles: 0
Wins: 2
Top 5: 5
Top 10: 13
Championship points: 508
Championship position: 3rd
Crash.net IndyCar Driver of 2011 position: N/A
Crash.net IndyCar Driver of 2012 position: 3rd

Season summary:

How to top 2012, when he clinched the rookie of the year title with such flying colours? For Simon Pagenaud, there was one obvious thing he needed to do and that was to claim his first race win in his second season with Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsport. It duly happened in the second road race of the Detroit double-header, and he liked the experience so much that he repeated it again later in the season by successfully holding Josef Newgarden at bay to the chequered flag at Baltimore. The net result of this and his overall consistency (an impressive 13 top tens from 19 races) put Pagenaud into third place in the final standings behind Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves. Next up for the Frenchman: a serious championship run in 2014, surely?

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

6. Dario Franchitti
7. Justin Wilson
8. Charlie Kimball
9. Simona de Silvestro
10. Ryan Hunter-Reay



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Simon Pagenaud is congratulated by a celebrity fan after his victory in the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT on Sunday September 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud on the podium with Sebastien Bourdais after the end of the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT on Sunday September 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates victory in the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT on Sunday September 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates victory in the second race of the Detroit Belle Isle double-header - Sunday June 2 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media.)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates victory in the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT on Sunday September 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Degree Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, raced to a sixth-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Sage Karam, driver of the #8 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, races to a fifth-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, races to a fourth-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 races to a second-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Simon Pagenaud affixes the Verizon P1 Award emblem after winning the pole for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud gets ready for his qualifying run during qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud with a selfie with girlfriend Hailey after winning the pole for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud with the Verizon P1 Award Green Flag after winning the pole for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates after winning the pole for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud accepts the Verizon P1 Award after winning the pole for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud affixes the Verizon P1 Award emblem after winning the pole for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud on course during qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud on pit lane prior to qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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