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Dan Wheldon Career Highlights

Dan knew he wanted to be a racer …

 

 2011

  •  IndyCar driver of the #98 William Rast car for Bryan Herta Autosport
  • Won his 2nd career Indianapolis 500, becoming only the 18th driver in the 100 year history of the race to win it more than once. He led 1,000 feet and won the race on the final turn
  • Dan and Bryan Herta Autosport became the first one-off race team to win the Indy 500 since 1965
  • Announced as the Honda test driver for development of the 2012 IndyCar chassis and engine. The new IndyCar chassis is now called the DW-12 in Dan’s honor
  • Joined the Versus broadcast team in the TV booth for three IndyCar Series races as an analyst and introduced us to his version of the “Grid Walk”

 

2010

  • IndyCar driver of the #4 National Guard car for Panther Racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series
  • Finished second at the Indianapolis 500 for the second consecutive year
  • Posted second place finish at Chicago and third place at Kentucky
  • Recorded four Top-5 finishes and 10 Top-10 finishes and led 108 laps

 

2009

  • IndyCar driver of the #4 National Guard car for Panther Racing in the IndyCar Series
  • Runner-up finish at the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 after starting 18th
  • Posted three Top-5 Finishes and nine Top-10 finishes in 17 races this season

 

2008

  • IndyCar driver for Target Chip Ganassi Racing (#10 Target) in the IndyCar Series
  • Finished 4th in the IndyCar Driver’s Championship
  • Captured race wins at Kansas and Iowa; 15 career IndyCar wins since 2003

 

2007

  •  IndyCar driver for Target Chip Ganassi Racing (#10 Target) in the IndyCar Series
  •  Won season opening race in Homestead for the third consecutive season; 12th career win
  •  Captured his 13th career race victory at Kansas Speedway

 

2006

  • IndyCar driver for Target Chip Ganassi Racing (#10 Target) in the IndyCar Series
  • Won season opening race in Homestead; his first IRL race for Target Chip Ganassi Racing
  • Finished runner-up in the IndyCar Series driver’s championship; decided by tiebreaker

 

2005

  • IndyCar driver for Andretti Green Racing (#26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam) in the IndyCar Series
  • Won the 89th Indianapolis 500, becoming the 1st Englishman to win since Graham Hill in 1966
  •  Captured the IndyCar Series Driver’s Championship in only his second full season
  •  Won four of the first five races in the 2005 season; first time in the 10-year history of the IRL
  • Posted 6 race wins in 17 events to break the IRL record for most wins in a season

 

2004

  • IndyCar driver for Andretti Green Racing (#26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam) in the IndyCar Series
  • Finished 2004 season ranked #2 in the League point standings, won 3 races, 2 poles, led 429 laps

 

2003

  • IndyCar “Rookie of the Year” for Andretti Green Racing

 

2002

  • IndyCar driving debut with Panther Racing

 

2001

  • CART Dayton Indy Lights “Rookie of the Year”

 

2000

  • Toyota Atlantic “Rookie of the Year”

 

1999 – U.S. F 2000

  • “Rookie of the Year” & Champion

 

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  • Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Scotsman awarded Segrave Trophy for second time

    Reigning world sports car champion Allan McNish has been awarded the prestigious Segrave Trophy for the second time in his illustrious career.

    The Dumfries-born driver who announced his retirement from Audi’s Le Mans sports-prototype racing programme four months ago, was awarded the silverware at the Royal Automobile Club in London today (Tuesday 15 Apr, 1300).

    McNish became the first Briton to claim the Tourist Trophy – by winning the Silverstone 6 Hour race last April – the Le Mans 24 Hours and the FIA World Endurance Championship all in the same year.

    “I am extremely honoured to receive this prestigious trophy again,” commented Allan. “I have tried to tick all the boxes in my racing career, and excel in every kind of racing I have taken part in.

    “I’d also like to accept it on behalf of all those who have helped me achieve success in my career, both those in the teams I have raced with, and especially my family.”

    McNish contested 89 races since making his Audi sportscar debut in 2000 scoring 66 top-three “podiums” – including 29 outright race wins – for “factory” or “customer” Audi teams that also netted three American Le Mans Series titles.

    Heralded as the world’s greatest sportscar driver in recent years, Monaco-based McNish won the Le Mans 24 Hour races in 1998, 2008 and last year – scoring a further six top-three “podiums” in his 14 attempts in the legendary French “marathon”.

    Allan added: “Jackie Stewart told me that this was probably one of the most prestigious trophies I could win in my career, and to win it twice is just incredible.
    “I was moved seeing some of the previous [Segrave] winners today and noting their achievements.”

    Tom Purves, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, said: “Two of the qualities we award the Segrave Trophy for are outstanding skill and courage.

    “Allan certainly showed his skill and natural talent from his earliest days in a racing car. He has also proved himself in one of the toughest areas of motorsport; 24-hour endurance racing.

    “In awarding him this trophy again, the Club is acknowledging those essential qualities as much as the considerable achievement of winning the Tourist Trophy, Le Mans and the [World] Championship in the same season. As he retires, we honour one of this country’s great racing drivers.”

    The Segrave Trophy is named after British pilot and pre-war racing driver Sir Henry Segrave who pushed himself and his machines to the very limit in the pursuit of ultimate speed.

    He was the first man to hold both land and water speed records, though the latter would cost him his life in 1930. With such drive and determination in mind, the trophy is awarded for ‘outstanding skill, courage and initiative on land, water and in air – the Spirit of Adventure’.

    Previous holders of the trophy include Amy Johnson (1932), Donald Campbell (1958), Sir Jackie Stewart (1973) and Carl Fogarty (1994).

    McNish will be present at Silverstone on Easter Sunday (20 Apr) for the opening race in this year’s WEC in the role as an Audi Sport ambassador. Audi has won the corresponding Six Hour race at Silverstone for the past two years.

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