Voting Panel

Chris Economaki
Editor/Publisher, National Speed Sport News
Dr. Dick Berggren
Executive editor, Speedway Illustrated
Eli Gold
TV and Radio Broadcaster
Bob Jenkins,
TV Broadcaster
Ken Squier
TV Broadcaster
Steve Ballard
Writer, Indianapolis Star
Lewis Franck
Correspondent for Reuters
Mike Harris
Motorsports Editor, AP
Ed Hinton
Writer, ESPN.COM
John Sturbin
Senior Writer, RacinToday.com
Mike Vega
Writer, Boston Globe
Steve Waid
Vice President of Editorial Development, NASCAR Scene
Jim Pedley
Managing Editor, RacinToday.com
Bob Varsha
TV Broadcaster, Speed Channel
Mike Brudenell
Detroit Free Press
Nate Ryan
Writer, USA Today
Terry Blount
Writer, ESPN.com
Dustin Long
Writer, Landmark Newspapers,/ National Motorsports Press Association President
Tom Jensen
Senior NASCAR Editor, SpeedTV.com
Jenna Fryer
Motorsports Writer, The Associated Press
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Castroneves Wins Second Quarter DOTY Vote

Monday, 13 Jul, 2009 – 20:49 | 2 Comments
IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves is presented with his trophy for winning the second quarter Driver of the Year award by panelist Lewis Franck. The presentation was made  Friday in Toronto, site of this weekend's race.

IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves is presented with his trophy for winning the second quarter Driver of the Year award by panelist Lewis Franck. The presentation was made Friday in Toronto, site of this weekend's race. (©2009, Michael L. Levitt, USA LAT Photographic)

By Lewis Franck
Driver of the Year

Indianapolis 500-winner Helio Castroneves won a hotly-contested vote for the 2009 second-quarter DRIVER OF THE YEAR Award.

The native Brazilian, who won his third Indy 500 – from the pole – in May, narrowly edged NASCAR’s Tony Stewart, who is the co-owner and a driver for Stewart Haas Racing. The vote was 119-116 points in Castroneves’s favor.

It was the closest margin of victory since Stewart lost the overall award in a tie-breaker in 2002.

Castroneves, who drives a Team Penske Racing Dallara-Honda in the IndyCar series, backed up the Indy 500 win with a victory at Texas Motor Speedway in the quarter, which ended on June 21.

2009 IRL TorontoThe ebullient Castroneves, also known as Spiderman for his fence-climbing antics after his victories, said, “I’m really honored with the prestige to be included in such an incredible group of drivers.”

He continued, “honestly it’s an honor to be in an amazing group. Mark Martin is an incredible driver – nothing against Tony Stewart – I want to be like him (Martin) when I grow up.”

Barry Schmoyer, President of the Driver of the Year Foundation, said “ I’m amazed at the coincidence that Tony Stewart was beaten again in such a close vote and that Stewart also is a fence-climber after a race win.”

In the voting Castroneves took eight first-place votes and was on every ballot. Stewart, who drives the No. 14 Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet, also garnered eight first-place votes.

The 50-year old Martin, who drives for No. 5 Kelloggs Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series was third in the voting with 42 points.

Kyle Busch received one first-place ballot.

A total of 19 drivers scored points in the first-quarter voting.

In its’ 42nd year, the DRIVER OF THE YEAR title is unique and the oldest award of its’ type. A panel of 20 leading journalists from across the U.S. determine the winner. In quarterly voting, points are awarded on a declining 9, 6, 4,3,2,1 basis. Castroneves received a trophy and a Tissot wristwatch.

“I want to thank my Penske team,” he said. “Without them I couldn’t do what I’m doing. And I want to thank my loyal fans.”

Racintoday.com is the official news outlet of DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARD PROGRAM.

Schmoyer is a businessman and sportsman living in Sarasota, Fla.

Further information on the award may be obtained from DRIVER OF THE YEAR Foundation, PO Box 49827, Sarasota, Florida 34230 or from (941) 379-2318 and email: barrydoty@yahoo.com

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Three Added To DOTY Voting Panel

Monday, 13 Jul, 2009 – 20:48 | Comments Off

Driver of the Year Staff

Barry Schmoyer has  named three additional top journalists to the panel of voting experts.

They include Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press, Tom Jensen of SPEEDtv.com and Dustin Long of Landmark Newspapers.

Schmoyer said, “Due to the tragic and untimely passing of David Poole – and Mike Harris’ retirement from the Associated Press – it was necessary to review the panel and make additions to reflect the leaders in racing coverage.

“Although Mike has retired from the Associated Press he will continue to write for news outlets such as www.racintoday.com. He is an invaluable resource, and, we are pleased that he will remain active on our voting panel.

Jenna Fryer began covering NASCAR for The Associated Press in 2000, and earned the byline “AP Auto Racing Writer” in 2005. She’s a New Jersey native and graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in journalism. Fryer is also a regular contributor to Yahoo! Sports.

Tom Jensen is the Editor in Chief for SPEEDtv.com, Senior NASCAR Editor for RACER magazine and a contributing Editor for TruckSeries.com. He is the author of “Cheating: The Bad Things Good NASCAR Nextel Cup Racers Do In Pursuit of SPEED.” He’s also the past President of the National Motorsports Press Association and the 1997 National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year.

“I’m looking forward to being part of such an August group of my peers and will play an active role in the process of Driver of the Year selection,” he said.

Dustin Long has a special situation as the first second-generation panel member. In his 11th season covering NASCAR for Landmark Newspapers, which includes the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., the Roanoke (Va.) Times and the News and Record in Greensboro, N.C., he is the current president of the National Motorsports Press Association. Former panelist Gary Long of the Miami Herald is his uncle.

“I’m truly honored to be part of this select group and am excited to follow my uncle’s footsteps and be a second-generation voter,” Long said.

Schmoyer concluded the announcement by saying, “I’m honored that these important journalists, who are cognizant of all forms of racing, would join the panel and am looking forward to working with them.”

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RacinToday.com Is New Home for DOTY Award

Wednesday, 1 Jul, 2009 – 9:00 | Comments Off

DOTY LOGO

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

We are pretty darn proud here to announce that RacinToday.com has been chosen to serve as the new host website for the most prestigious racing award in North America – the Driver Of The Year Award.

News, information, background and history concerning the DOTY is available on its own designated page on RacingToday and can be accessed by clicking on the green Driver of they Year box located on the RacinToday.com home page or by clicking on the “Special Content” pull-down tab on the black bar above.

The page will be updated on a regular basis with features, announcements and interactive attractions for fans.

The page launches today, July 1 and it launches with results of the second-quarter voting for the Driver of the Year.

The DOTY, which debuted in 1967 with Mario Andretti being honored with first award, is determined by a panel of 17 motor-racing journalists and broadcasters. It conducts five votes a year – it honors quarterly winners and an overall winner at the end of the season.

Winners are awarded the Driver of the Year trophy and a wristwatch by Tissot.

Castroneves Wins Second Quarter DOTY Vote
Monday, 13 Jul, 2009 – 20:49 | 2 Comments
Castroneves Wins Second Quarter DOTY Vote

By Lewis Franck
Driver of the Year
Indianapolis 500-winner Helio Castroneves won a hotly-contested vote for the 2009 second-quarter DRIVER OF THE YEAR Award.
The native Brazilian, who won his third Indy 500 – from the pole – in May, narrowly edged NASCAR’s Tony Stewart, who is the co-owner and a driver for Stewart Haas Racing. The [...]

Three Added To DOTY Voting Panel
Monday, 13 Jul, 2009 – 20:48 | Comments Off

Driver of the Year Staff
Barry Schmoyer has  named three additional top journalists to the panel of voting experts.
They include Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press, Tom Jensen of SPEEDtv.com and Dustin Long of Landmark Newspapers.
Schmoyer said, “Due to the tragic and untimely passing of David Poole – and Mike Harris’ retirement from the Associated Press [...]

RacinToday.com Is New Home for DOTY Award
Wednesday, 1 Jul, 2009 – 9:00 | Comments Off
RacinToday.com Is New Home for DOTY Award

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
We are pretty darn proud here to announce that RacinToday.com has been chosen to serve as the new host website for the most prestigious racing award in North America – the Driver Of The Year Award.
News, information, background and history concerning the DOTY is available on its own designated page [...]

Driver Of The Year History

Auto racing was in the throes of transition in 1967.  A.J. Foyt became the first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and also the only driver to win the grand race in both a roadster and a rear-engine car.  Young drivers like Mario Andretti, Gordon Johncock and Al Unser were pushing out the old guard [...]

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Quotes

“There is no higher compliment on your driving. Of all the awards, this one is special. The criteria go directly to your performance. It carries an awful lot of prestige.”
– Mario Andretti

“It’s an honor to be named Driver of the Year ... It’s something I take a lot of pride in, especially since one of the guys I’ve always looked up to in racing, A.J. Foyt, won this award back in 1975."
– Tony Stewart

“I said it in December, and I’ll say it again – this award is dedicated to our Army Strong soldiers Their teamwork and passion are inspiring and a huge part of our drive to be successful.”
-Tony Schumacher.

Previous Recipients

2011-Tony Stewart
2010-Jimmie Johnson
2009-Jimmie Johnson
2008-Tony Schumacher
2007-Jimmie Johnson
2006-Jimmie Johnson
2005-Tony Stewart
2004-Greg Anderson
2003-Ryan Newman
2002-Cristiano da Matta
2001-Jeff Gordon
2000-Bobby Labonte
1999-Dale Jarrett
1998-Jeff Gordon
1997-Jeff Gordon
1996-John Force
1995-Jeff Gordon
1994-Dale Earnhardt
1993-Nigel Mansell
1992-Bobby Rahal
1991-Michael Andretti
1990-Al Unser, Jr.
1989-Emerson Fittipaldi
1988-Bill Elliott
1987-Dale Earnhardt
1986-Bobby Rahal
1985-Bill Elliott
1984-Mario Andretti
1983-Bobby Rahal
1982-Darrell Waltrip
1981-Darrell Waltrip
1980-Johnny Rutherford
1979-Darrell Waltrip
1978-Mario Andretti
1977-Cale Yarborough
1976-David Pearson
1975-A.J. Foyt
1974-Bobby Unser
1973-David Pearson
1972-Bobby Allison
1971-Richard Petty
1970-Al Unser, Sr.
1969-Lee Roy Yarbrough
1968-Mark Donohue
1967-Mario Andretti