Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Rac­ing team-mate 2006-2008

Motor Sport News - - Dan Wheldon -

“Yes, he was a funny guy and a joker and a prankster him­self, but I have never seen any­one who was more or­gan­ised or more thor­ough. Af­ter each ses­sion we would meet with our en­gi­neers to de­brief. We dis­cussed the car and its per­for­mance, how it re­sponded and what it felt like and how it changed over the course of the ses­sion. Usu­ally we just talked about it, but Dan talked about it and would write it down.

“Nine times out of 10, he’d be the last guy to leave the track. It is true that he was very good in some ar­eas and strug­gled in oth­ers, but he made sure he put in the time to try and help that sit­u­a­tion and make him­self a bet­ter driver. It wasn’t just about sort­ing the car out for Dan, it was about im­prov­ing the car-driver equa­tion.

“We both grew up dur­ing the time we were to­gether. We were in funny tran­si­tions when we met. I was very quiet and shy when I was younger, while Dan was talk­a­tive and brash. Dan’s per­son­al­ity was very wel­com­ing, while peo­ple of­ten mis­in­ter­preted my shy­ness as aloof­ness. I changed a lot through Dan, and I think we found con­fi­dence in our­selves through each other.”

Whel­don chas­ing down friend Dixon

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