Johnson Gets DOTY Hardware
Jimmie Johnson was presented with the 2010 Driver of the Year Award trophy last week during ceremonies at the International Hall of Fame dinner in Talladega, Ala.
Johnson, who in 2010 won his fifth straight Sprint Cup championship, was presented with the trophy and a Tissot watch by Driver of the Year Foundation president Barry Schmoyer.
The DOTY award is in its 45th year, making it the oldest award of its kind. It goes to the top driver in American racing.
The award is voted upon by a panel of 20 national media members.
In addition to honoring a yearly overall winner, the DOTY holds quarterly votes.
Johnson, who drives the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in the Cup series, has won the DOTY four times (2006, ’07, ’09 and 2010). He also was 2010’s first-quarter winner.
His DOTY streak was interrupted by NHRA Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher in 2008.
The DOTY panel voted in a secret ballot for a single driver. NHRA Funny Car driver John Force received seven votes and NACAR driver Kyle Busch received one.
Mario Andretti and Darrell Waltrip each won the award three times.No Comment