Chip Ganassi, Indycar team boss, 2006-2008
“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