Monday, January 2, 2012

2011-2012 TrackForum Favorite Driver Survey Results

This year's TrackForum Favorite Driver Survey has been completed. The results are below, with the number of votes listed, along with last year's ranking in parentheses. Interesting results, if completely non-scientific:

1) James Hinchcliffe 59 (T29)
2) Simona de Silvestro 42 (1)
3) Tony Kanaan 41 (T3)
4) Will Power 35 (5)
5) JR Hildebrand 30 (T13)
6) Ed Carpenter 26 (T9)
7) Graham Rahal 20 (T3)
T8) Josef Newgarden 17
T8) Pippa Mann 17 (NR)
T8) Helio Castroneves 17
T11) Paul Tracy 16 (7)
T11) Justin Wilson 16 (8)

13) Tomas Scheckter 14 (11)
T14) Oriol Servia 13 (T23)
T14) Ryan Hunter Reay 13 (2)
16) Marco Andretti 12 (15)
17) Dario Franchitti 11 (9T)
18) Scott Dixon 7 (19)
T19) Sebastien Bourdais 6 (NR)
T19) Buddy Rice 6 (NR)

T21) Alex Tagliani 5 (17)
T21) Danica Patrick 5 (T13)
T21) Simon Pagenaud 5 (NR)
T21) Vitor Meira 5 (12)
T21) Ryan Briscoe 5 (18)
T26) Alex Lloyd 3 (T26)
T26) Townsend Bell 3 (28)

2 votes each: Davey Hamilton (T20), John Andretti (T29), Jay Howard (T29), Bryan Clauson (NR), Takuma Sato (T26), Martin Plowman (NR)

1 vote each: Mike Conway (T23), Wade Cunningham (T29), EJ Viso, Ana Beatriz (T20), Charlie Kimball (NR), Bertrand Baguette (T20)

Clearly, the Mayor of Hinchtown reigns supreme--now to get him in a ride for '12. Josef Newgarden and Pippa Mann also made a nice splash as newcomers, and JR Hildebrand moved up nicely as well. Simona de Silvestro, Tony Kanaan, and Will Power remain popular. We'll see who can win over that particular slice of the IndyCar fandom during the 2012 season.

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