Franchitti an ESPY Award nominee

Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti is a nominee for the “Best Driver" in the 19th ESPY Awards.

Stick car driver Jimmie Johnson and drag racers John Force and Gary Anderson are other nominees in the category. Franchitti, driver of the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, is tied with Team Penske's Will Power for the championship points lead heading into the June 25 Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer at Iowa Speedway.

The ESPY Awards ceremony will air ESPN live from Los Angeles on July 13 (9 p.m. ET). “Saturday Night Live" cast member Seth Meyers will be the host. Vote for Franchitti HERE.

Andretti Autosport driver Danica Patrick will be an award presenter.

Unlike most awards shows, the ESPYs are probably more noted for its contribution to charity, as a portion of the proceeds is donated to The V Foundation, named for its founder, Jim Valvano. The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is another ESPY highlight, honoring an individual for their personal courage or charitable works outside the sports arena.

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