While I doubt this would surprise anyone in Formula One circles, but coming from NASCAR-centric America it is something of a surprise to see that Michael Schumacher was named the 'Driver of the Year' by the Indianapolis Star. Ten finalists were selected from Formula One, IRL, ChampCar, NHRA, World of Outlaws and NASCAR, with Schumacher taking top honors. What is perhaps the biggest surprise of this list is that the three NASCAR drivers on the list, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Nextel Cup series champion Kurt Busch, rounded out the final three spots.
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