Greg Anderson Nominated for Speed Channel Driver of the Year Three-time NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion, Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing/Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, has been nominated for the 2005 Speed ...
Greg Anderson Nominated for Speed Channel Driver of the Year
Three-time NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion, Greg Anderson, driver of the KB Racing/Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, has been nominated for the 2005 Speed Channel Driver of the Year.
"I feel very privileged to have been nominated for the 2005 Driver of the Year," said Anderson, who won the 2004 Speed Channel Driver of the Year award becoming only the second NHRA driver since John Force in 1996 to claim the prestigious award.
"I would like to thank the media and fans for helping us show how competitive and exciting NHRA POWERade Drag Racing is. Without their support, it could never have grown into such a highly publicized sport. It would be a great honor for a NHRA driver to win two years in a row."
Anderson captured his third consecutive NHRA title in 2005, joining drag racing legends Bob Glidden and Lee Shepherd on a short and exclusive list of drivers who have won three Pro Stock championships in a row.
The Concord, N.C. driver started the 2005 season slowly, winning his first event at Atlanta, the seventh NHRA national event of the year. He returned to form after the mid-season break and won five of the final nine events, including four-in-a-row. He ended 2005 with eight wins in 11 final rounds.
In its 39th year, the DRIVER OF THE YEAR Award will be determined by an independent vote of an 18-member panel of blue ribbon auto racing journalists and broadcasters and one vote based on a cumulative tally by fans voting at www.speedtv.com. Fan voting for the 2005 Speed Channel Driver of the Year has already begun.
In addition to Anderson, other drivers nominated include: Sebastien Bourdais (Champ Car), Steve Kinser (World of Outlaws), Tony Schumacher (NHRA), Tony Stewart (NASCAR), and Dan Wheldon (IRL).
Drivers' achievements are evaluated using the following criteria: Track Performance (Wins, top five finishes, top ten finishes and pole qualifying), Sportsmanship (Conduct and professionalism), Humanitarianism (Participation in and willingness to support philanthropic causes) and Fan Recognition (Popularity among motorsports enthusiasts).
The winner will be announced exclusively on SPEED Wednesday, February 15th at 8:00pm ET.
Anderson will take to the track in defense of his Pro Stock POWERade championship when the NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals, the season-opening event on the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, unfolds at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona (Calif.), Feb. 9-12.
KB Racing is owned by Las Vegas businessman Ken Black. KB Racing fields two Pro Stock cars, driven by Greg Anderson and Jason Line on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Anderson has won three consecutive POWERade Pro Stock Championships (2003-2005). Line finished third in the 2005 POWERade point standings and was honored with the 2004 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future award, presented to the most outstanding rookie in a professional category. This year KB Racing will also begin fielding a Top Fuel Dragster, managed by Kalitta Motorsports, with rookie Top Fuel driver Hillary Will handling the driving duties.