Gustavo Yacaman celebrates

Firestone Indy Lights driver Gustavo "Tigrillo" Yacamán ended his 2012 with a great honor, receiving the title of Colombian Driver of the Year as part of the "Night of the Best" of the Colombian Federation of Motor Sports FCAD. This is the second time in his career that Yacamán has been given the prestigious title.

The award comes after a career-best season in Firestone Indy Lights and his first appearance at the 24 Hours of Daytona in the same year. He finished in third place in the championship in Firestone Indy Lights, with two victories at Detroit and Toronto, pole position at the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis, seven top five and 10 top ten finishes. At just 21-years-old, he finished third in his first-ever 24 hours of Daytona.

"I am very proud to receive this important distinction, it has a significant value, being the first democratic decision of the Federation which had the public vote to those who love the sport,” Yacamán said. “This is recognition not only for results on the track, it is recognition to all the teamwork with my sponsors and all the support we have received from the media. To all my fans, thank you, your contribution to my career has also been recognized with this award.”

After receiving the award from the Federation President Hernán Porras, Yacamán received news from Mauricio de Narvaez, advisor to the vice president of the FIA, about a new recognition of his career, which will be announced in the official event of the International Federation of Motor Sports, on Jan. 19 in Panama City.

Many of Yacamán’s associates also received honors throughout the night. Diego Mejia, vice president of MAC Batteries, was given a lifetime award for the great support that the company has delivered to motorsport. Anibal Aguirre, received recognition from the Cali Racing Club (a club which Yacamán belongs to), as the best motoring club of the year, thanks to his great work as a promoter and growth throughout the season.