Top 5 Drivers with the Most Pressure Headed into 2013

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Top 5 Drivers with the Most Pressure Headed into 2013
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Drivers take the green flag @ Homestead-Miami Speedway in November

Pressure is driven by the media. It is also the expectations it puts on drivers. But there's also internal pressure. Sometimes, situations lead to pressure. Sometimes, a younger driver coming through the ranks can leave the pressure to perform at a high level.

These next five drivers will have the most pressure. Whether it's their situation, or someone else in their organization.

I will give my predictions on where the driver may stack up headed into next season. It could be good; it could be bad; but those are reasonable expectations for the driver, and after their seasons in 2012, the predictions are on the upside, not the downside.

Lastly, most of these expectations are brought on by the fans themselves. I'm not trying to "kill" a driver, but just look at their situation realistically. Placing unfair expectations on a driver is more detrimental than telling the truth about them. We see it all the time in sports.

Enjoy.

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