Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Wherein We Hold A Popularity Contest

Last week, I started a thread over at TrackForum (now the official IndyCar forum) to see who the fans frequenting that place had as their favorite active drivers (“active” defined as having driven an IndyCar in the past year, or having a reasonable chance to do so in 2011). Basically, everyone could list up to 5 drivers, with a mention worth 1 point. I waited a week and tallied the results. Here’s the Top 10, with vote totals in parentheses. (again, for a full list, go here).

Tie-9th) Ed Carpenter (26)
Tie-9th) Dario Franchitti (26)
8th) Justin Wilson (29)
7th) Paul Tracy (30)
6th) Helio Castroneves (32)
5th) Will Power (39)
Tie-3rd) Tony Kanaan (42)
Tie-3rd) Graham Rahal (42)
2nd) Ryan Hunter-Reay (43)
1st) Simona de Silvestro (54)

RHR: Mr. Popular?
Of course, TrackForum is not the home of your casual fan; there are a number of hardcore aficionados who call the place home. Clearly, Simona de Silvestro has struck a chord, because she ran away in the voting. It was also good to see Ryan Hunter-Reay finish a strong second; I had no idea he was quite that popular. Helio, TK, and Graham were all expected, though perhaps not quite in that order. You’ll note the absence of Danica Patrick (Tied-13th, with J.R. Hildebrand), who wins Most Popular Driver each year, but apparently finds little such love at TrackForum. Tomas Scheckter enjoys a pretty good following at TF, so I was a bit surprised he finished just outside the Top 10 (11th).

TrackForum is just one part of the pie that makes up IndyCar. But I found the results interesting nonetheless.

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