Derek Daly – Formula 1 and Indy Driver, Master of Fast, Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author, Professional Speaker, International Racing Champion.
Driving Legend Derek Daly is the epitome of the complete champion. From Victory Circle to the Announcer’s Desk, Hall of Fame Race Car Driver and Network Television Color Analyst Daly has spent nearly three decades as the face of the motorsport world.
Derek Daly’s professional racing career spanned 17 years, and his experiences are nothing short of breathtaking. Daly’s story is one that precious few have lived to tell. In 1984, Derek suffered one of the hardest crash impacts that a driver had ever survived when he hit the wall at Michigan International Speedway at 212 MPH. After fourteen surgeries and three years in therapy, he returned to full-time racing. He competed in the 12 Hours of Sebring – one of the premier motorsport endurance races in the US – and won the race two years in a row.
Born in Dublin, Ireland to a middle class working family, Derek’s career path was set at the age of twelve when he attended his first auto race. From that moment, his commitment to the dream of being a professional driver was unshakeable. On the way to his dream he worked as a laborer in the iron ore mines of Australia and, while travelling the race tracks of England, even took up residence in a school bus.
His dreams became reality when he won Irish, British and European championship events. In 1978, he competed in the highest class of auto racing at the Formula One World Championship, and two short years later Derek was ranked 10th in the world. In 1983 he made his first of six starts in the Indianapolis 500.
In 1985 Derek started a 10 year association with ESPN as a motor sport color analyst. Since then he’s become the face of motor sports, seen on NBC, CBS, Fox and Speed Channel. USA Today highlighted Derek as “the best new face on sports television” and IndyCar Racing magazine voted Derek “the most popular motor sports television announcer.”
Moet & Chandon champagne awarded Derek the Joules Goux Award for his outstanding contributions to motor sports television. He was later nominated for ESPN’s Ace Award, and Derek received the 2000 Hall of Fame Award from “Motor Sport Ireland” for his leadership of Irish motor sport.
Derek became the ‘voice’ of motor sports when Electronic Arts signed him to be the voice of the Andretti Racing high-tech video game. MotorTrend Magazine voted the Derek Daly Performance Driving Academy as “the best driving school in America”. The school boasts title of the most advanced driver training / racing school in the USA, and even hit the big screen when Sylvester Stallone chose Derek’s program for his own race driving preparation for the film “Driven”. Robin Yount, Pete Sampras, Aerosmith, John Oates and Vin Diesel have also have attended the academy’s world-class driving programs.
Derek Daly is CEO and founder of MotorVation, a unique provider of consulting and learning solutions. Three core beliefs of the drive the company:
Belief #1: In most team sports, individual brilliance is often the difference between success and failure. In motor sports, individual brilliance has never rooted success.
Belief #2: To enable people to change their belief systems and subsequently their behavior, it is imperative to emotionally engage them.
Belief #3: The business of motor sports uniquely parallels the business of corporate America.
Derek literally wrote the book on how to become a ‘complete champion’. Race To Win: How to Become a Complete Champion was heralded a “future classic” by the Irish Times. Friend, former race competitor and international auto racing superstar Mario Andretti contributed the foreword: “Derek’s book teaches lessons it took guys like me years to learn. Quite honestly, I believe the advice in this book resonates far beyond the racing industry.”
Using his hallmark “Four Factors of Fast” presentations, Derek has taught the timeless principles of his most valuable asset – speed. Companies like Xerox, Bayer, Deloitte, Growmark, USDA and Gallo wines have depended on Derek’s Complete Champion Model to motivate, inspire and enlighten their teams.
Complete Champion Leadership: How Fast Can You Get Fast?
If the speed of doing business will continue to increase in the next 10 years, ask yourself, How Fast can we get Fast? Derek shows you that Fast is having the right people in the right places doing the right things, but more importantly, removing the speed bumps that slow them down. You will understand that team success in Formula One and at the Indy 500 requires a portfolio of leaders throughout the organization who are willing to accept the responsibilities of leadership regardless of their formal authority. This is part of what allows teams to celebrate on the Victory Podium. You will further learn and understand that the power of great leaders in motor sports is when they disbelieve in the sustainability of their own performance. Seldom have sports analogies been used in a more compelling fashion. This module has energized both male and female audiences people from California to the Czech Republic.
Complete Champion Teamwork: Winning Together Through Teamwork Champion motor sports teams achieve performance levels at the limits of their financial, technological and human potential. Derek will provide an understanding of the inner workings of these teams that will leave audiences in awe. He also provides insight as to how your team, when truly aligned, can emulate the same winning ways. Winning Indy 500 teams thrive on challenges such as increasing knowledge transfer, managing across boundaries, and sustaining levels of performance that competitors are unable to match. Derek uses powerful, real-life sports analogies in a unique, compelling and often hilarious manner to show you how your team can do the same by being individualistic in their thinking, but team players in their actions. Aligned teams of people who work in harmony while covering many variables is the winning model – your team will learn how to mirror such a powerful model. Enter his presentation an individual; leave as a teammate.
Complete Champion Selling: Building a High Performing Sales Force
If you want to sell like a champion, what choices do champions make that helps them achieve greatness? Take a riveting drive down the learning lane and understand how your sales team can make critical performance gains by edging more towards their personal margins and boundaries. You will learn the importance of formal structures of large organizations and how communication aligned with an informal structure can carry the business forward when faced with tight deadlines. The Victory Podium awaits those who learn the habits, skills, vocabulary and attitude of the champion teams. You will learn that your personal choices, and being accountable, will determine how often you celebrate as a champion on the Victory Podium. Derek’s unique sports analogies make this module a highly entertaining way to AccSELLerate?
Champion Innovation: Continuously Enhancing Performance
What will really make the difference between success and failure in 2011 and beyond? The worlds great motor sports teams live convinced that they will be beaten tomorrow. They combat this with a culture of innovation. Derek takes you down the success road to understand that innovation is the enduring driver and mindset of the motor sports industry and you will learn how that same culture can help you. You will understand and learn how innovation helps achieve performance at the limits of possibility and why corporations struggle to emulate this valuable skill. The critical point of innovation is not just creating new products but finding new ways of doing things that may improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of processes. This module resonates deep into the fiber of organizations that want to live on the leading edge of what might be possible.