Women Are IndyCar's 2010 Most Popular Drivers
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana - Danica Patrick and Pippa Mann were honored during the INDY DownForce Banquet by being awarded the 2010 Most Popular Driver Awards for the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights Series.
The awards were determined by fan voting at all Indy Racing League events throughout the season and via the league's website, indycar.com. Voting was facilitated by INDY DownForce (the league's official fan club).
Reflecting on her sixth consecutive Most Popular Driver Award, Patrick said: "I'm very flattered that I've received this award once, let alone six times. Every person has the ability to pick their favorite driver, and it can change so it's a real honor to receive an award from the fans."
Patrick finished the season in tenth place in the IZOD IndyCar Series' overall standings. She had impressive runs at Texas and Homestead, resulting in second place finishes, but led only 1 lap out of the 2,408 she ran all season.
Receiving her first Most Popular Driver Award, and driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in 2010, Pippa Mann described the honor as "flattering and fantastic feeling."
In her second Firestone Indy Lights season, Mann won her first race at Kentucky (leading all 67 laps) and managed a top ten finish in Toronto while driving with a broken hand. In May, Mann became the first woman to win a pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Despite missing one race, due to having surgery on her broken hand, Mann finished fifth in the Firestone Indy Light Series' overall standings.
Robyn Lynne Schechter - ARN Reporter