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