Derek Daly

  • Formula 1 and Indy Driver & International Racing Champion
  • Entrepreneur
  • Best-Selling Author 

Irish driving legend Derek Daly is the epitome of the Complete Champion. From the 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. He counts Sylvester Stallone, David Letterman and Jay Leno amongst his friends.

Born and raised 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 taking up residence in a school bus. 

Derek’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.

His early dreams became reality when he won Irish, British and European championship events.  In 1978, he competed in 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.  He became 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 by ESPN for an Ace Award, and Derek received the 2000 Hall of Fame Award from “Motor Sport Ireland” for his leadership of Irish motor sport.

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.”

Derek has taught the timeless principles of his most valuable asset – speed. Companies like Xerox, Bayer, Deloitte, Growmark, USDA, Department of Defense, Federal Reserve Bank, Pepsico, State Farm, Zurich Insurance and Gallo wines have depended on Derek’s Complete Champion Model to motivate, inspire and enlighten their teams.

Derek and his three sons reside outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. Derek became an American Citizen on September 28, 1993, but retains his wonderful Irish accent.

To book Derek Daly call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404. 

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Celebrity, Leadership, Motivation, Peak Performance, Sales, Teambuilding

  • Travels From:

    Indiana

  • Price:

    $10,000 - $15,000

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Meet Derek Daly

Irish driving legend Derek Daly is the epitome of the Complete Champion. From the 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. He counts Sylvester Stallone, David Letterman and Jay Leno amongst his friends.

Born and raised 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 taking up residence in a school bus. 

Derek’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.

His early dreams became reality when he won Irish, British and European championship events.  In 1978, he competed in 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.  He became 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 by ESPN for an Ace Award, and Derek received the 2000 Hall of Fame Award from “Motor Sport Ireland” for his leadership of Irish motor sport.

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.”

Derek has taught the timeless principles of his most valuable asset – speed. Companies like Xerox, Bayer, Deloitte, Growmark, USDA, Department of Defense, Federal Reserve Bank, Pepsico, State Farm, Zurich Insurance and Gallo wines have depended on Derek’s Complete Champion Model to motivate, inspire and enlighten their teams.

Derek and his three sons reside outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. Derek became an American Citizen on September 28, 1993, but retains his wonderful Irish accent.

To book Derek Daly call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404. 

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The Culture Gearbox: How to shift from Good to Great to Extraordinary

Remember Good to Great? Today, it has shifted from Great to Extraordinary. Align this platform to the right culture, and you develop something truly unique; a Culture of Extraordinary. You will understand how to think and act differently as you push your people to the edges and boundaries of what might be possible. You will embrace what it means to go beyond your best. Derek uses powerful, real-life sports analogies in a unique, compelling and often hilarious manner, that leaves audiences in awe. The US Government has used this topic multiple times.

The Speed of Now: How Fast Can You Get Fast?

If the speed of doing business continues to increase in the next 10 years; ask yourself, How Fast can you get Fast?  Derek takes you down the success road to understand the critical difference between going fast and being fast. You will grasp how to remove the Speed Bumps that slow you down. You will learn how to achieve trailblazing performance and why corporations sometimes struggle to emulate these valuable traits. This topic has energized both male and female audiences from California to the Czech Republic.

SAFE Teams: How to AccSELLerate your Team

Whether you buy or sell, you need to do it with Speed Agility & Flawless Execution (SAFE). Understand how your team can make critical performance gains by embracing intelligent risks. You will rejoice in the fact that a better You makes a better Us. Your teams will be equipped to celebrate success more often on the Victory Podium. Enter this presentation an individual; leave as a teammate, and AccSELLerate.

Your FutureSCAPE: Driving to the Dream Job Offer

What will your future career landscape look like? What will you need to accomplish to receive that dream job offer? Derek will take you on a captivating tour of what great teams will expect from their most valued employees in the coming decade. You will know the filter that you have to pass through. MBA and engineering students from Michigan to North Carolina have relished this understanding.

CAI - Rocky Mountain Chapter

"Thanks again for the great motivation you gave me last week that was one of the best motivation programs I have seen in a long time."

Yvonne Burke, Program Manager, Management Controls...Abbott Labs

Your keynote was a topic of conversation for the remainder of the two-day investigation symposium. Your name is already spreading through Abbott Labs

Kevin Hamilton, Vice President, Xerox

… everyone loved him….you have a real winner with him.

Scott Dorsey, CEO Exact Target

...feedback from the sales team has been terrific…

Robert Chambers, Market Coordinator, Accelerent

…. a wonderful job …a unique approach to how people look at developing their business…
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