The American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Ass’n has announced its annual All America Team.
A group of special drivers representing multiple forms of professional motorsports is elected each year by AARWBA. The association’s members vote on drivers within their participating categories of racing and the top two from each discipline are elected to the first team.
This 2013 All-America First Team:
Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves were the top vote getters in the Open Wheel division. Dixon claimed the IZOD Indycar Series Championship driving for Target Chip Ganassi Racing for the third time in his career. Castroneves finished second in the Indycar standings for Team Penske.
Road Racing saw the driving team of Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor earn the most votes on the strength of their Grand Am title for Wayne Taylor Racing. Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas claimed runner up honors on the Grand-Am circuit and in the Road Racing division votes.
USAC was well represented in the Short Track Division. Sprint car champion Bryan Clauson led the vote tally while Silver Crown titlist Bobby East was second. Both men drive for Tony Stewart/ Curb-Agajanian Racing.
Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth led the way in the Stock Car category. Johnson won his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crown driving for Hendrick Motorsports. Kenseth finished second in the Cup standings on the strength of seven wins for Joe Gibbs Racing.
The Drag Racing category was honored with the driver earning the most votes of any All America Team nominee. John Force won his 16th NHRA Funny Car championship with four final round victories for John Force Racing. NHRA Top Fuel kingpin, Al-Anabi’s Shawn Langdon finished second among drag racers.
Force is also recognized as the Jerry Titus Memorial Trophy winner for the driver having the most overall votes.
In the Touring Series, Donny Schatz earned his first team position with 23 World of Outlaw Sprint Car A-Main victories for Tony Stewart Racing. Frank Kimmel drove Thorsport Racing’s Toyota to his 10th career ARCA Champion and a spot alongside Schatz.
Sage Karam and Johnny O’Connell were the At Large category’s top vote earners. Karam was the Indy Lights champ for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. O’Connell was the Pirelli World Challenge GT winner for Cadillac Racing.
Andretti Autosport Firestone Indy Lights pilot Carlos Munoz was voted the Rising Star award after his Lights crown and a second-place finish in the Indianapolis 500.