DENVER -- Scott Pruett, driver of the No. 7 MotoRock Jaguar XKR in the MotoRock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup, has been nominated for the third quarter voting for the SPEED Channel Presents the DRIVER OF THE YEAR award. The two-time Trans-Am champion and current Trans-Am Series points leader joins an elite group of eight drivers chosen from different forms of North American auto racing.

"I'm very honored to receive this award," said Pruett. "The fans in this industry are what it's all about. We've been doing really well in both Trans-Am and Winston Cup, but the competition is really stiff. Then again, you never know."

In its 37th year, the third-quarter DRIVER OF THE YEAR's, will be determined by an independent vote of the 18-member panel of blue ribbon auto racing journalists and broadcasters and one vote based on the cumulative tally of fans voting at

Other drivers nominated for the third-quarter voting are Helio Castroneves (Indy Racing League), Larry Dixon (NHRA), Kevin Harvick (NASCAR), Ryan Newman (NASCAR), Paul Tracy (Champ Car World Series) and J.J. Yeley (USAC).

"The quality of the nominees this quarter reflects consistent excellence in performance by great drivers," said DRIVER OF THE YEAR President Barry Schmoyer. "The second quarter fan vote--approximately 129,000--encouraged me because it proved how seriously auto racing fans take their favorite sport." At the end of the year, a special and separate vote will be held for the 2003 DRIVER OF THE YEAR. The winner of the quarterly voting will be given a trophy and a Maurice Lacroix Swiss Watch, the official watch of the DRIVER OF THE YEAR, to commemorate the honor.

The Trans-Am Series features closed-fendered, production-based, V-8-powered sports cars, competing on permanent road courses, and temporary street and airport circuits throughout North America. The Trans-Am Series is America's oldest continuously running road racing series and celebrates its 38th anniversary in 2003.

MotoRock is the creation of a popular culture brand that blends the enthusiast markets of cars, stars and guitars. It is a yearly series of destination live events that showcase the excitement of motorsports, music and lifestyle while delivering a unique new form of broadcast entertainment programming.

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