IRL: De Ferran, Hornish nominated for prestigious awards

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 18, 2003 -- IRL IndyCarTM Series stars Gil de Ferran and Sam Hornish Jr. have been nominated for two prestigious sports awards determined by fan voting on the Internet. 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner de Ferran and ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 18, 2003 -- IRL IndyCarTM Series stars Gil de Ferran and Sam Hornish Jr. have been nominated for two prestigious sports awards determined by fan voting on the Internet.

2003 Indianapolis 500 winner de Ferran and two-time series champion Hornish are among five nominees for the Best Driver ESPY Award, while de Ferran is one of eight nominees for the Speed Channel Presents the Driver of the Year Award for the second quarter of 2003.

De Ferran and Hornish join Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher, NASCAR Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart and NHRA Funny Car champion John Force as nominees for the Best Driver Award at the 11th Annual ESPY Awards Presented by General Motors, which take place July 16 in Hollywood.

Fans can vote for De Ferran and Hornish until June 30 by logging on to the Best Driver voting page, http://espn.go.com/espy2003/s/03bestdrivernominees.html, on ESPN's Web page.

The Best Driver category is one of 17 categories for various sports. This is the second consecutive year that de Ferran and Hornish have been nominated in the Best Driver category. Schumacher won the award last year.

Hornish and De Ferran join a list of superstar ESPY nominees that includes Barry Bonds, Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, Annika Sorenstam, Tim Duncan, Mario Lemieux, Lisa Leslie, Rich Gannon and more.

De Ferran was included among the second quarter Driver of the Year nominees based on his victory in the 87th Indianapolis 500 in May.

Other nominees include NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Bobby Labonte, USAC short-track star J.J. Yeley, drag racer Larry Dixon and CART rookie Sebastien Bourdais.

The winner of this quarter's award will be determined by an independent vote of the 18-member of motorsports journalists and broadcasters and one vote based on the cumulative tally of fans voting at http://www.speedtv.com/features/36.

The winner of the quarterly voting will be presented a trophy and a Maurice Lacroix Swiss Watch, the official watch of the Driver of the Year, to commemorate the honor.

At the end of the year, a special, separate vote will be conducted for the 2003 Driver of the Year.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Matt Kenseth , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Larry Dixon , John Force , Sébastien Bourdais , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Williams