Greg Anderson nominated for top driver award

NHRA PRO STOCK DRIVER ANDERSON NOMINATED FOR ESPY BEST DRIVER AWARD GLENDORA, Calif. (June 27, 2005) -- NHRA Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson, winner of the 2004 DRIVER OF THE YEAR award recognizing the top driver for all of American motor racing,...

NHRA PRO STOCK DRIVER ANDERSON NOMINATED FOR ESPY BEST DRIVER AWARD

GLENDORA, Calif. (June 27, 2005) -- NHRA Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson, winner of the 2004 DRIVER OF THE YEAR award recognizing the top driver for all of American motor racing, has been nominated for the ESPY Best Driver award, it was announced recently.

The ESPY Awards, for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly, was created by ESPN in 1993. Sports fans can vote for their favorite driver and other sports heroes, teams, moments and performances during the past year in one of 36 categories at: http://www.espn.go.com/espy2005/index.html.

Anderson, 44, who drove his Summit Racing Pontiac Grand Am to a record-breaking season in 2004 en route to claiming his second consecutive NHRA POWERade Series Pro Stock world championship, joins John Force and Tony Pedregon as the only professional drag racers to ever be nominated for the prestigious ESPY Awards. No drag racer has ever won the ESPY Best Driver award.

Joining Anderson on the ESPY Best Driver ballot include defending NASCAR champion Kurt Busch, perennial F1 champion and '02 ESPY winner Michael Schumacher and recent Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon.

What many drag racing experts have declared as the greatest single season by any NHRA professional driver in the history of the sport, Anderson's 2004 run was highlighted by breaking many longstanding NHRA records, including victories in a season (15), final-rounds in a season (19), No. 1 qualifying awards in a season (16), most elimination rounds won in a season (76), largest championship win margin (742 points) and most points accumulated in a season (2,402).

He put an exclamation point on his 15 season victories by winning the Pro Stock title at the 50th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, the world's most prestigious drag race. He also earned the $50,000 King Demon Crown Pro Stock all-star event victory and became the first Pro Stock driver in NHRA history to sweep the fabled Western Swing (trio of consecutive races in Denver, Seattle and Sonoma, Calif.).

Anderson also set NHRA national performance records, including bests for elapsed time (6.661 seconds) and speed (207.75 mph) for his category, and also posted 24 track performance records along the way.

Anderson is the third NHRA driver to be nominated for the ESPY Awards. Pedregon, the 2003 NHRA POWERade Series Funny Car world champion, was nominated last year. Force, a 13-time Funny Car world champion and winner of an NHRA record 118 events, was nominated for the ESPY Best Driver award in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Past ESPY Best Driver winners include stock car racers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, a three-time winner, Bobby Labonte and Dale Jarrett and open wheel drivers Jimmy Vasser, Al Unser, Jr., Nigel Mansell and Schumacher.

The 2005 ESPY winners will be announced during the ESPY Awards at the spectacular Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on July 13. The ESPYs will be televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes on July 17 at 9 p.m. (ET), preceded by the ESPY Red Carpet Special on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. (ET).

Greg Anderson, 2004 Highlights:

* NHRA POWERade Pro Stock world champion

* Set NHRA record for most victories in a season (15)

* Set NHRA record for most final-round appearances in a season (19)

* Set NHRA record for largest championship win margin (742 points)

* Set NHRA record for most points accumulated in a season (2,402)

* First Pro Stock driver to win Western Swing (Denver, Seattle and Sonoma)

* Won the $50,000 King Demon Crown Pro Stock all-star event

* Set NHRA national records for elapsed time (6.661 sec.) and speed (207.75 mph)

* Set NHRA record for most round wins in a season (76)

* Won 11 times from the No. 1 qualifying position

* Set NHRA record for most No. 1 qualifying awards in a single-season (16)

* Qualified for all 23 events. Started third or better at 22 of those events.

Greg Anderson, Career Highlights:

* 2003 & 2004 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock world champion

* Former crew chief for six-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion Warren Johnson

* Two-time winner of Car Craft Crew Chief of the Year award

* Runner-up at the '99 U.S. Nationals, his first career final round appearance

* Member of the Speed-Pro 200-MPH Club

* Earned first career victory at Bristol, Tenn. in 2001

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Series NHRA
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Michael Schumacher , Warren Johnson , Tony Pedregon , Greg Anderson , Kurt Busch , Jimmy Vasser , Dan Wheldon , Al Unser Sr.