Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Props to the Quarter Milers

Every year, the Speed network awards a "Driver of the Year" award, based on the collected wisdom of several motorsports journalists and a poll of fans. To much surprise, the 2004 winner is Greg Anderson, who won a record 15 races on the way to the NHRA Pro-Stock championship. Anderson is only the second drag racer to win the award (John Force in 1996) in almost four decades. I'm impressed that the journalists (the fan poll went to Champ Car champ Sebastian Bourdais) cut through the "Chase for the Cup" hype to award someone who excelled outside of NASCAR for a change. Congrats, Greg.

Of course, this award applies only to those competing in American championships, so Michael Schumachers latest season of F1 domination wasn't eligible.

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