Chip Ganassi, Indycar team boss, 2006-2008

Motor Sport News - - Dan Wheldon -

“Dan Whel­don ba­si­cally plugged our team into 440 volts. He took the whole team and stuck the plug in the wall. It just elec­tri­fied ev­ery­body in the or­gan­i­sa­tion. It was a full step change in the team in terms of our com­pet­i­tive­ness and ap­proach.

“He also helped Scott Dixon be­come the racer he is now. I think Scott would be the first to tell you that Dan helped him as a driver. Guys like that don’t come along ev­ery day in this busi­ness. It is hard for rac­ers to share their knowl­edge with oth­ers, in­clud­ing team-mates. But Dan wasn’t like that. He wanted the team – not just him­self – to suc­ceed.

“When you have the op­por­tu­nity to look back years later, you re­alise that you may have missed, at the time, just how spe­cial some­one was. You don’t fully grasp the im­por­tance the driver is hav­ing on your or­gan­i­sa­tion at the time it is hap­pen­ing. Dan was in­valu­able to our team dur­ing his three years with us. Whether we un­der­stood it or even no­ticed it at the time, he was tak­ing us through a huge change for the bet­ter. It was good for our en­tire team, but it was also good for Dan. He grew as a driver when he was with us, and we grew too.”

The Brit won on his de­but with Ganassi

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