Danica, Dixon nominated for ESPYs

July 2, 2008
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danicamotegiIndy Racing League drivers Danica Patrick and Scott Dixon have been nominated for ESPY awards to be presented July 20 on ESPN.

Patrick, the Andretti Green Racing driver who is fifth in the standings heading into the Camping World Grand Prix at Watkins Glen this weekend, is nominated in the Best Female Athlete category along with Lorena Ochoa (LPGA), Candace Parker (WNBA) and Lindsey Vonn (skiing).

Patrick also is nominated in the Best Moment category for her IRL victory at Twin Ring Motegi in April, when she became the first female to win a major open-wheel race. Patrick also will be an award presenter at the show, hosted by Justin Timberlake, in Los Angeles.

Dixon, this year’s IRL points leader, joins Lewis Hamilton (Formula One), Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Dario Franchitti (NASCAR) and Tony Schumacher (NHRA) as nominees for Best Driver. Dixon has three victories this season, including the Indianapolis 500.

Online voting is open through July 12 at ESPYS.tv.
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  • Kudos go to Tony Schumacher, whose team, crew and car are all based in Brownsburg. As one of the winningest drivers in drag racing history, his may be the most successful racing team located in the state.
  • I assume Franchitti was nominated for his driving an IRL car not a NASCAR considering his NASCAR team's funding was pulled yesterday.
  • Driving a NASCAR truck, oh Dario, how the mighty have fallen.
  • If Danica doesn't win will she stomp her foot and throw a hissy fit and blame someone else?

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