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

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robert m lyman (not verified)
30th Oct 2010

Just gose to show you that men are not the only ones to wear the pants in the family!GODS SPEED TO ALL TALENTED DRIVERS THAT HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO KEEP PUSHING THE FINE LINE!!!!!!

4mula1 (not verified)
30th Oct 2010

ryan hunter reay and team AGR, (ect) billions of dollars every year PROVE the historical failure of animal research. (boycott, racing for cancer, livestrong, ect) do these people STILL believe the world is flat?.. some of the most CLOSED MINDED people (shockingly) are in autoracing. PLEASE VISIT, mrmcmed.org "there is a laundry list of problems with mouse models of cancer research" dr.bob weinburg, director of the ludwig center for cancer research at m.i.t. INSANITY: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results - albert einstein

Jan Heikamp (not verified)
30th Oct 2010

Wonderfull results of both lady,s. I have seen Danica in the last race with Kanaan, very exiting. And Pippa , she won a race and pole in Indianapolis I read, so that is very good. I wish both lady,s a lot of succes next year

J. E. Hoyle (not verified)
30th Oct 2010

Congratulations Danica and Pippa! They took our Richmond race away (short track I know) so I hope to see you at the Baltimore GP next year. Go Danica... - Fan in Washington DC/ Northern Va.

AnonymousSnakepitSam (not verified)
30th Oct 2010

Danica wouldn't win this vote except for women's votes & men's (because of her looks).She with just 1 Indycar win is basically just a top ten driver who runs in the top five in some races and will continue to do so until she gets better cars!It's hard to beat the top 2 teams when they have 5 car/driver combinations & rarely do all 5 of them have bad races in the same race.On road/street courses she is just an average driver! With TK now gone I think Ryan Hunter-Reay is the Andretti Team's best driver. She's unique in her sport but there's other drivers (including some new ladies) who will replace her as soon as she goes full-time to NASCAR so my advice would be to stay in Indycar & enjoy her popularity as long as she can & maybe pick up a few more wins along the way! Pippa Mann is a very good driver who should do well in the future as long as she can get with one of the top 4-5 teams.... "Hey Danica!, How 'bout Pippa joining your team?" ...Now that would be Unique!!

J. Johnson (not verified)
29th Oct 2010

Wonderful accomplishment for both drivers. A diverse roster of drivers is important to IndyCar and appreciated by fans. I hope all of the women in the series can find competitive teams to drive for.

AnonymousCarl Holtman (not verified)
29th Oct 2010

Janet Guthrie drove the 1978 Indy 500 with a broken hand and finished 8th, although the official scorer credited her with 9th place.

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