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Wed, 22 Dec 2010, 11:50 AM

LE Tonglet Nominated for Speed Channel's Performer of Year
Courtesy of Joe Sherk
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RACER Magazine Rookie of Year Awards

LE Tonglet
Tonglet is one of 18 drivers from 10 different disciplines nominated for the prestigious Speed Performer of the Year award and the Mario Andretti Trophy. He also is a contender for Speed Channel's RACER Magazine Rookie of the Year honors, one of nine additional awards that are chosen by fan voting at

Tonglet, 20, became NHRA's youngest series champion by dominating the six-race Countdown to the Championship, winning four times in five final rounds. Overall, he won five of his seven title-round appearances.

Other Rookie of the Year nominees are Ben Spies (MotoGP), Simona DeSilvestro (IndyCar), Kamui Kobayashi (F1) and Ryan Dungey (AMA Supercross).

Top Fuel driver Larry Dixon and Funny Car driver John Force were among the Speed Performer of the Year nominees representing both four-wheel and two-wheel efforts across the globe. The Mario Andretti Trophy goes to the racer who puts a premium on winning races, shines on his/her sport's biggest stages and does it all with a measure of sportsmanship and class. Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher was last year's recipient.

Other drivers on the final ballot this year are three-time Andretti trophy winner Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR), Sebastian Vettel (F1), Jorge Lorenzo (MotoGP), Dario Franchitti (IndyCar), Denny Hamlin (NASCAR), Ryan Dungey (Supercross), Joey Soldana (WoO), Bryan Clauson (USAC), Scott Pruett (Grand-Am), Will Power (IndyCar), Jamie McMurray (NASCAR), Fernando Alsono (F1), Sebastian Loeb (World Rally), Valentino Rossi (MotoGP) and Kyle Busch (NASCAR).

The 2010 Speed Performer of the Year is selected by a panel including racing legends Andretti, Dan Gurney and Sir Stirling Moss, "Wind Tunnel" host Dave Despain, veteran broadcasters Bob Varsha, Ralph Sheheen and Leigh Diffey, writers Robin Miller and Tom Jensen, versatile racers Tommy Kendall and Dorsey Schroeder and a select group of Speed motor sports producers.

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