Updated at: 12/07/2012 2:35 PM
(AP) INDIANAPOLIS - Ryan Hunter-Reay finally picked up his IndyCar championship and $1 million bonus Thursday night during the season-ending banquet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
He then announced he and wife Beccy are expecting their first child early next year.
Simon Pagenaud was honored as rookie of the year, and Charlie Kimball won the Tony Renna Rising Star Award.
Josh Freund, chief mechanic for Hunter-Reay, accepted the IZOD IndyCar Series Chief Mechanic of the Year Award.
Kyle Moyer of Andretti Autosport accepted the Team Manager of the Year Award.
Jim Campbell accepted the manufacturer’s award on behalf of Chevrolet.
Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing won the Indy Family Foundation Giving Back Award Presented by Firestone for supporting the family of Carey Hall, a crew member who passed away from ALS this year.
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