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No one faster -- or better -- than series champ Dixon in 2008

About the only weakness Scott Dixon showed during his championship IndyCar Series season was underperforming on road courses. Still, the popular New Zealander did more than enough on the ovals to earn John Oreovicz's nod as the top IRL driver in 2008.

Updated: December 2, 2008, 3:04 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

Driver rankings always are fun and controversial. No two top-10 lists are the same, and winning the championship doesn't always garner a driver the No. 1 ranking.

This year, for example, several observers (including ESPN.com contributor Dan Knutson) rated Robert Kubica as the top Formula One driver. The Pole won only one race and finished a distant third in the standings behind Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa.

That's because statistics aren't all that matter when ...

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