NASCAR & Auto Racing

Seventh-place Danica Patrick most popular IndyCar driver for 3rd straight year

INDIANAPOLIS – Danica Patrick is the most popular driver in the IndyCar Series for the third year in a row.

The award was determined by fan voting at every IRL event throughout the season. Patrick and Sarah Fisher, who won in 2001-03, are the only three-time fan favorites in the series’ 11-year history.

“I’m very flattered,” said Patrick, whose 11 top-10 finishes in her first season with Andretti Green Racing included a pair of thirds and a career-best second place behind teammate Tony Kanaan at Detroit.

“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,” she said. “I hope I can keep giving the fans something to be excited about and they enjoy watching IndyCar Series races as much I enjoy being in them.”

Patrick finished seventh in the series point standings, behind champion Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Kanaan, Dan Wheldon, Sam Hornish Jr. and Helio Castroneves.

Indy Pro Series champion Alex Lloyd was voted the most popular driver in the IRL’s developmental program.