Four drivers have been nominated as contenders for this year's Greg Moore Legacy Award, presented by the Champ Car World Series to recognise 'on-track talent and dynamic personality' as typified by the late Canadian.

The award, now in its eighth year following Moore's untimely death at Fontana in 1999, carries perhaps the most emotion of all those presented at the end of the season, remembering a man who quickly became a favourite among the fans, media and members of the Champ Car community. The winner will be determined by a select board of Champ Car personnel, along with media and fan voting.

This year's nominees are Justin Wilson, Graham Rahal and Simon Pagenaud from the Champ Car World Series, with James Hinchcliffe nominated from the Champ Car Atlantic Championship.

Wilson, in his fourth season of Champ Car competition, was last year's recipient of the Greg Moore Award, and will count on another year of perseverance - which led to him rising from a difficult start to second in points approaching the final round - as he bids to become the first repeat winner of the award. Wilson put together a string of five straight top-five finishes and then scored a victory in the inaugural event at Assen to put himself within striking distance of series leader Sebastien Bourdais heading to Surfers Paradise. The Briton wound up second in the Australian race, but behind Bourdais as the Frenchman clinched a fourth straight title.

Much was expected of Rahal, son of three-time Champ Car titlist Bobby Rahal, and the teenager has generally lived up to those expectations. After getting a baptism by fire in the season opener at Las Vegas, Rahal rebounded with a steady drive to eighth place at Long Beach and then scored his first podium finish with an impressive second-place run behind Newman/Haas/Lanigan team-mate Bourdais at Houston. He has continued to score top ten finishes and returned to the podium at Edmonton, Elkhart Lake and Zolder to move up to fifth in the standings.

Like Rahal, expectations were also high for Pagenaud, who beat the American to the 2006 Atlantic title. After a slow start to his rookie season, the Frenchman has emerged as a picture of consistency, taking fifth at Houston and Cleveland before putting together a string of three straight fourth-place finishes in the Canadian events that were instrumental in helping Team Australia capture the first Triple Crown. Despite not yet making the podium, he sits eighth in the standings, only seven points behind fifth-place Rahal with one race to go.

Hinchcliffe is on the list of nominees for the second straight year, having represented the Atlantic series in 2006, after finishing fourth in the final championship standings on the back of a number of strong performances in both qualifying and races. The Canadian finished no lower than seventh in the first seven races of 2007, with podiums at Houston, both Portland events and Mont-Tremblant. He also scored podium finishes at both Edmonton races and was the polesitter at the double-headers at Portland and Edmonton. In addition to racing, Hinchcliffe also continued to serve as a 'colour analyst' for international Champ Car races between representing Canada in the A1GP series.

 

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