IndyCar Series
Award Winners

2017

Championship driver (Astor Challenge Cup, $1 million): Josef Newgarden, Team Penske

Jostens Championship Driver (ring worth approximately $10,000): Newgarden

Championship team (Astor Challenge Cup): Team Penske

Championship team manager: Jon Bouslog, Team Penske

Chief mechanic of the year: Vance Welker, Team Penske

Sunoco Diamond Performance ($50,000): Newgarden

Sunoco Rookie of the Year ($50,000): Ed Jones, Dale Coyne Racing

TAG Heuer "Don't Crack Under Pressure" ($25,000): Carlos Munoz, AJ Foyt Racing

PFC “Fast Brake” ($25,000): Newgarden

Verizon P1: Will Power, Team Penske

Second-place championship driver: Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske

Second-place championship team: Team Penske

Third-place championship driver: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing

Third-place championship team: Chip Ganassi Racing

Manufacturer champion: Chevrolet

2016

  • Championship driver (Astor Challenge Cup): Simon Pagenaud

  • Jostens Championship Driver Award (ring): Simon Pagenaud

  • Championship team (Astor Challenge Cup): Team Penske

  • Championship team sponsors: Menards, PPG Automotive Refinish, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • Championship team manager: Jon Bouslog

  • Chief Mechanic of the Year Award: Billy Vincent

  • Sunoco Diamond Performance Award: Simon Pagenaud

  • Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award: Alexander Rossi

  • TAG Heuer "Don't Crack Under Pressure" Award: Conor Daly

  • Firestone “Drive to the Finish” Award: Charlie Kimball

  • Verizon P1 Award: Simon Pagenaud

  • Second-place championship driver: Will Power

  • Second-place championship team: Team Penske

  • Third-place championship driver: Helio Castroneves

  • Third-place championship team: Team Penske

  • Manufacturers Championship: Chevrolet

  • INDYCAR Nation Fan Favorite Driver: Bryan Clauson

  • 2015

  • Championship driver (Astor Challenge Cup): Scott Dixon

  • Jostens Championship Driver Award (ring): Scott Dixon

  • Championship team (Astor Challenge Cup): Chip Ganassi Racing Teams

  • Championship team sponsors: Target

  • Championship team manager: Scott Harner and Barry Wanser

  • Chief Mechanic of the Year Award: Blair Julian

  • Sunoco Diamond Performance Award ($75,000): Scott Dixon

  • Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award ($50,000): Gabby Chaves

  • TAG Heuer "Don't Crack Under Pressure" Award ($25,000): Graham Rahal

  • Verizon P1 Award: Will Power (six earned pole starts)

  • Second place championship driver: Juan Pablo Montoya

  • Second place championship team: Team Penske

  • Third place championship driver: Will Power

  • Third place championship team: Team Penske

  • Manufacturers Championship: Chevrolet

  • Firestone “Drive to the Finish” Award: Ryan Hunter-Reay

  • Dan and Susie Wheldon "Make a Difference" Award ($1,000 charitable donation): Denise Titus, INDYCAR Medical

  • Verizon IndyCar Series Fan Favorite Driver: Justin Wilson

  • 2014

  • Championship driver (Astor Challenge Cup): Will Power

  • Jostens Championship Driver Award (ring): Will Power

  • Championship team (Astor Challenge Cup): Verizon Team Penske

  • Championship team manager: Jon Bouslog

  • Chief Mechanic of the Year Award: Matt Jonnson

  • Sunoco Diamond Performance Award ($75,000): Will Power for three race victories

  • Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award ($50,000): Carlos Munoz

  • TAG Heuer “Don’t Crack Under Pressure” Award ($25,000): Charlie Kimball

  • Tony Renna Rising Star Award: Jack Hawksworth

  • Verizon P1 Award: Will Power for field-high four earned poles

  • Dan and Susie Wheldon “Make a Difference” Award ($1,000 charitable donation): Susie Wheldon
  • 2013

  • Championship driver (Astor Challenge Cup): Scott Dixon

  • Jostens Championship Driver Award (ring): Scott Dixon

  • Championship team (Astor Challenge Cup): Target Chip Ganassi Racing

  • Championship team sponsors: Target

  • Championship team manager: Scott Harner and Barry Wanser

  • Chief Mechanic of the Year Award: Ricky Davis

  • Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award ($50,000): Tristan Vautier

  • Second place championship driver: Helio Castroneves

  • Second place championship team: Team Penske

  • Third place championship driver: Simon Pagenaud

  • Third place championship team: Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports

  • Tony Renna Rising Star Award: Josef Newgarden

  • Verizon P1 Award: Dario Franchitti

  • Manufacturers Championship: Chevrolet

  • 2012

  • Championship driver (Astor Challenge Cup): Ryan Hunter-Reay

  • Jostens Championship Driver Award (ring): Ryan Hunter-Reay

  • Championship team (Astor Challenge Cup): Andretti Autosport

  • Championship team sponsors: DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda

  • Championship team manager: Kyle Moyer

  • Chief Mechanic of the Year Award: Josh Freund

  • Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award ($50,000): Simon Pagenaud

  • Second place championship driver: Will Power

  • Second place championship team: Verizon Team Penske

  • Third place championship driver: Scott Dixon

  • Third place championship team: Target Chip Ganassi Racing

  • Tony Renna Rising Star Award: Charlie Kimball

  • Manufacturers Championship: Chevrolet

  • Mario Andretti Road Championship ($50,000): Will Power

  • A.J. Foyt Oval Championship ($50,000): Ryan Hunter-Reay

  • Indy Family Foundation Giving Back Award Presented by Firestone ($1,000 given to charity of winner’s choice): Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

  • 2011

  • Championship driver: Dario Franchitti

  • Herff Jones Championship Driver Award (ring valued at $5,000): Dario Franchitti

  • Ritmo Mundo Championship Driver Award (diamond watch valued at $100,000): Dario Franchitti

  • Championship team: Target Chip Ganassi Racing

  • Championship team sponsor: Target

  • Championship team managers: Scott Harner and Barry Wanser

  • Chief Mechanic of the Year Award: Kevin O’Donnell

  • Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award ($50,000): James Hinchcliffe

  • Second place championship driver: Will Power

  • Second place championship team: Verizon Team Penske

  • Third place championship driver: Scott Dixon

  • Third place championship team: Target Chip Ganassi Racing

  • Tony Renna Rising Star Award: James Hinchcliffe

  • BOSCH Platinum Award ($10,000 for highest-finishing driver using Bosch spark plugs): Dario Franchitti

  • Raybestos Road & Street Course Challenge ($25,000 cash or product): Will Power

  • 2010

  • Championship driver: Dario Franchitti

  • Herff Jones Championship Driver Award (ring valued at $5,000): Dario Franchitti

  • Ritmo Mundo Championship Driver Award (diamond watch valued at $100,000): Dario Franchitti

  • Championship team: Target Chip Ganassi Racing

  • Championship team sponsor: Target

  • Championship team managers: Scott Harner and Barry Wanser

  • Chief Mechanic of the Year Award: Kevin O’Donnell

  • Rookie of the Year Award ($25,000): Alex Lloyd

  • Second place championship driver: Will Power

  • Second place championship team: Verizon Team Penske

  • Third place championship driver: Scott Dixon

  • Third place championship team: Target Chip Ganassi Racing

  • Tony Renna Rising Star Award: Simona de Silvestro

  • BOSCH Platinum Award ($10,000 for highest-finishing driver using Bosch spark plugs): Dario Franchitti

  • Raybestos Road & Street Course Challenge ($25,000 cash or product): Will Power

  • Xtrac Championship Award ($5,000 for driver who won most Xtrac Awards during 2010): Dan Wheldon

  • Manufacturer Recognition Awards: Honda, Firestone, Dallara and Xtrac

  • 2009

  • Championship driver: Dario Franchitti

  • Herff Jones Championship Driver Award (ring valued at $5,000): Dario Franchitti

  • Ritmo Mundo Championship Driver Award (diamond watch valued at $100,000): Dario Franchitti

  • Canon Championship Award (Prize package valued at $2,000): Dario Franchitti and Kevin O'Donnell

  • Championship team: Target Chip Ganassi Racing

  • Championship team sponsor: Target Chip Ganassi Club

  • Championship team managers: Scott Harner and Barry Wanser

  • Chief Mechanic of the Year Award: Kevin O'Donnell

  • Apex-Brasil Rookie of the Year Award ($25,000): Raphael Matos

  • Second place championship driver: Scott Dixon

  • Second place championship team: Target Chip Ganassi Racing

  • Third place championship driver: Ryan Briscoe

  • Third place championship team: Team Penske

  • BOSCH Platinum Award ($10,000 for highest-finishing driver using Bosch spark plugs): Dario Franchitti

  • Raybestos Road & Street Course Challenge: Ryan Briscoe

  • Xtrac Championship Award ($5,000 for driver who won most Xtrac Awards during 2009): Dan Wheldon

  • Manufacturer Recognition Awards: Honda, Firestone, Delphi, Dallara, Xtrac, and K&N Filters

  • 2008

  • Championship driver: Scott Dixon

  • Herff Jones Championship Driver Award (ring valued at $5,000): Scott Dixon

  • Ritmo Mundo Championship Driver Award (diamond watch valued at $100,000): Scott Dixon

  • Canon USA Championship Award (Prize package valued at $2,000): Scott Dixon and Ricky Davis

  • Championship team: Target Chip Ganassi Racing

  • Championship team sponsor: Target

  • Championship team manager: Scott Harner and Barry Wanser

  • PEAK Motor Oil Chief Mechanic of the Year Award ($25,000): Ricky Davis

  • Bombardier Rookie of the Year Award ($50,000): Hideki Mutoh

  • Second place championship driver: Helio Castroneves

  • Second place championship team: Team Penske

  • Third place championship driver: Tony Kanaan

  • Third place championship team: Andretti Green Racing

  • Firestone IndyCar Series Rising Star: Hideki Mutoh

  • DIRECTV Crystal Moment of the Year ($25,000): Scott Dixon

  • BOSCH Platinum Award ($10,000 for highest-finishing driver using Bosch spark plugs): Scott Dixon

  • Xtrac Championship Award ($5,000 for driver who won most Xtrac Awards during 2008): Vitor Meira

  • MAC Tools Lap Leader Award (assortment of tools worth $25,000): Tony Kanaan

  • Manufacturer Recognition Awards: Honda, Firestone, Delphi, Dallara, Xtrac and K&N Filters


  • 2007

  • Championship driver: Dario Franchitti

  • Herff Jones Championship Driver Award (ring valued at $5,000): Dario Franchitti

  • Ritmo Mundo Championship Driver Award (diamond watch valued at $100,000): Dario Franchitti

  • Canon Championship Award (Prize package valued at $2,000): Dario Franchitti and Jeff Grahn

  • Championship team: Andretti Green Racing

  • Championship team sponsor: Canadian Club

  • Championship general manager: Kyle Moyer

  • Hitachi Power Tools Chief Mechanic of the Year Award ($25,000 and set of Hitachi Power Tools): Jeff Grahn

  • Bombardier Rookie of the Year Award ($50,000): Ryan Hunter-Reay

  • Second place championship driver: Scott Dixon

  • Second place championship team: Target Chip Ganassi Racing

  • Third place championship driver: Tony Kanaan

  • Third place championship team: Andretti Green Racing

  • BOSCH Platinum Award ($10,000 for highest-finishing driver using Bosch spark plugs): Dario Franchitti

  • Xtrac Championship Award ($5,000 for driver who won most Xtrac Awards during 2007): Tomas Scheckter

  • Manufacturer Recognition Awards: Honda, Firestone, Ethanol, Delphi, Dallara, Xtrac, and K&N Filters

  • Delphi Safety Team Award: Phil Casey

  • Indy Racing League Achievement Award: Chad Head


  • 2006

  • Championship Driver: Sam Hornish

  • Herff Jones Championship Driver Award (Ring): Sam Hornish

  • TAG Heuer Championship Driver Award (Watch): Sam Hornish

  • Championship Team: Marlboro Team Penske

  • Championship Team Sponsor: Philip Morris/Marlboro

  • Championship Team Manager: Tom Wurtz

  • Chief Mechanic of the Year Award presented by K&N Filters ($25,000): Matt Jonsson

  • Second Place Championship Driver: Dan Wheldon

  • Second Place Championship Team: Target Chip Ganassi Racing

  • Third Place Championship Driver: Helio Castroneves

  • Third Place Championship Team: Marlboro Team Penske

  • Bombardier Rookie of the Year Award ($50,000): Marco Andretti

  • BOSCH Platinum Award ($10,000): Sam Hornish

  • Marlboro Pole Award ($20,000): Sam Hornish

  • Xtrac Contingency Award ($5,000): Vitor Meira

  • Tire Manufacturer Recognition Award: Firestone

  • Manufacturer Recognition Award: Delphi

  • Manufacturer Recognition Award: Dallara

  • Manufacturer Recognition Award: Panoz Trophy Panoz

  • Manufacturer Recognition Award: Xtrac

  • Engine Manufacturer Recognition Award: Honda

  • Manufacturer Recognition Award: K&N Filter

  • Delphi Safety Award: Holmatro Tools

  • The Rising Star Award: Marco Andretti

  • 2005

  • Championship driver: Dan Wheldon

  • Herff Jones Championship Driver Award: Dan Wheldon

  • TAG Heuer Championship Driver Award: Dan Wheldon

  • Championship team: Andretti Green Racing

  • Championship team sponsor: Klein Tools, Jim Beam

  • Championship team manager: John Anderson

  • Chief Mechanic of the Year Award: Mike Horvath, Andretti Green Racing

  • Engine manufacturer champion: Honda

  • Bombardier Rookie of the Year Award: Danica Patrick

  • The Rising Star Award: Patrick Carpentier

  • Argent Mortgage Fastest Lap Award: Dario Franchitti

  • Second place championship driver: Tony Kanaan

  • Second place championship team: Andretti Green Racing

  • Third place championship driver: Sam Hornish Jr.

  • Third place championship team: Marlboro Team Penske

  • BOSCH Platinum Award: Sam Hornish Jr.

  • Marlboro Pole Award: Sam Hornish Jr.

  • Manufacturer Recognition Awards: Firestone Racing, Delphi, Dallara, Panoz, Xtrac, Chevrolet, Toyota, K&N Filters.

  • Delphi Safety Award: Bob Falcon

  • IRL Marketer of the Year Award: XM Satellite Radio

  • Promoter of the Year Award: Infineon Raceway

  • Menards Infiniti Pro Series award winners:

  • Championship driver: Wade Cunningham

  • Herff Jones Championship Driver Award: Wade Cunningham

  • Lincoln Electric Company Championship Driver Award: Wade Cunningham

  • Championship team: Brian Stewart Racing

  • Lincoln Electric Company Championship Team Award: Brian Stewart Racing

  • Second place championship driver: Jeff Simmons

  • Second place championship team: Kenn Hardley Racing

  • Lincoln Electric Company Second Place Championship Team Award: Kenn Hardley Racing

  • Third place championship driver: Travis Gregg

  • Third place championship team: Sam Schmidt Motorsports

  • Lincoln Electric Company Third Place Championship Team Award: Sam Schmidt Motorsports

  • The Oxley Financial Advisory Group of Raymond James and Associates Lap Leader Award: Travis Gregg


  • 2004

  • IndyCar Series championship driver: Tony Kanaan

  • IndyCar Series championship team: Andretti Green Racing

  • Bombardier Rookie of the Year: Kosuke Matsuura

  • Argent Mortgage Fastest Lap: Vitor Meira

  • MBNA Pole Award: Buddy Rice

  • EMCO Gears Hard Charger: Dan Wheldon

  • IRL Rising Star: Vitor Meira

  • Marlboro Lap Leader: Tony Kanaan

  • IRL Marketer of the Year: Firestone

  • IRL Promoter of the Year: Twin Ring Motegi

  • IndyCar Series championship general manager: Kyle Moyer

  • IndyCar Series John Bearce Motorsports Chief Mechanic of the Year: Jeff Simon

  • IndyCar Series engine manufacturer champion: Honda

  • IndyCar Series championship team sponsor: 7-Eleven

  • TAG Heuer Closest Finish Award winners: Buddy Rice and Vitor Meira

  • IndyCar Series second-place championship driver: Dan Wheldon

  • IndyCar Series third-place championship driver: Buddy Rice

  • IndyCar Series second-place championship team: Andretti Green Racing

  • IndyCar Series third-place championship team: Rahal Letterman Racing

  • Menards Infiniti Pro Series championship driver: Thiago Medeiros

  • Menards Infiniti Pro Series championship team: Sam Schmidt Motorsports

  • Menards Infiniti Pro Series second-place championship driver: Paul Dana

  • Menards Infiniti Pro Series third-place championship driver: Arie Luyendyk Jr.

  • Retirement recognition: Robbie Buhl, Al Unser Jr.

  • Manufacturer recognition: Chevrolet, Toyota, Dallara, Panoz G Force, Firestone, Delphi, X-Trac.