Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon and Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay are nominees in the “Best Driver” category for the annual ESPY Awards for top athletes, which are voted on by the public.
Andretti Autosport’s Hunter-Reay earned the Best Driver award in 2013 after claiming his first IndyCar Series title the previous year. He won the 98th Indianapolis 500 on May 25 in a late-race duel with three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves.
“It’s such an honor to be nominated again,” Hunter-Reay said. “This is more exciting news following what was one of the most intense finishes in the history of the Indy 500. The list of ESPY nominees includes top athletes from around the world and in so many forms of sport. The ESPY we won following our Verizon IndyCar Series championship sits amongst the awards of my most significant accomplishments.”
Dixon, driver of the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, earned his third series title with a late-season run that saw him rally from a nearly 80-point deficit.
“It was an incredible year for the No. 9 car and the whole Target team last year,” said Dixon. “The fields are so tight in the Verizon IndyCar Series right now, with the best drivers competing every weekend. 2013 marked a great final run by our team to come back and win the championship, and I’m honored to represent Target Chip Ganassi Racing as a nominee for the ESPY Award for Best Driver.”
Drake hosts the ESPY Awards, which will be broadcast on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET July 16 from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.