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Derek Daly

DDMugshot2013-02Edited - Copy-Hall of Fame Professional Race Car Driver
-Professional Motivational Speaker
-Network Television Color Analyst
-Best-Selling Author


As a Formula 1 and Indy Driver, Master of Fast, Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author, 1982Professional Speaker, International Racing Champion, Derek is a champion and master of fast! As a professional motivational speaker, just think of the engaging sports platform he speaks from – The Indy 500 – the largest single day attended sports event in the world, where he raced six times. During his twenty year career, he admired the skills and the exacting human performance of the great world class teams of people who got to celebrate on the Victory Podium. Professional race car drivers and professional motivational speakers have one thing in common, an ability to engage and influence.

The race car drivers stage is within a teamwork frame of reference, the professional motivational speakers stage is identical. Seldom does a sports based motivational speaker receive as many standing ovations. Now living in Indianapolis, Indiana, Derek has become one of the most sought after professional motivational speakers.


Keynote Topics

Complete  Champions are the Masters of Fast, Learn  their SECRETS!

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.

About Derek Daly

Formula 1 and Indy Driver, Master of Fast, Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author, Professional Speaker, International Racing Champion

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 ChannelUSA 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.






A Few Testimonials:

“Your insights on high performance teams have become part of our everyday language and culture.  Thank you for inspiring us!”
-Mike Zbuchalski, SVP, Frito-Lay Research & Development

“Derek brought to life the concept of what it takes to be a winning team with the passion to win.”
-Tom Lawson, Director of Wholesale Operations, Suncor

“Your words and examples were used continuously in every presentation throughout the week.  Your words will be a constant theme  driving our success throughout the year.”
-Judson Cone, Director of Sales & Marketing, Teruma

“Your inspirational messages on preparation, change management and creative innovation were the true highlight of our annual lean Six Sigma Summit.  Thanks for making a difference with our team!”
-David Hart, Executive Director Lean Six Sigma, Valspar Corporation

“Your messages of what it takes to become a high performance team, how to handle the ever changing demands of doing things faster and the need for a culture of extraordinary resonated and continues to be talked about long after the meeting.”
-Ray Davis, CEO Optos

“Your keynote presentation was a topic of conversation for the remainder of the two day investigation symposium. . . Your presentation put us on the right track toward a successful meeting and we look forward to seeing you do the same thing in Prague. Thank You!”
-Yvonne Burke Program Manager Management Controls, Abbott Labs

“Your level of enthusiasm in our SmartLab event certainly set a positive tone for the rest of the meeting. It was a pleasure having you present.”
-Lezlee Danner Field Program Manager, Roche

 “We spent a lot of time and effort putting this together and you Derek really pulled it all together for us. Phenomenal presentation that energized everyone.”
-Randi LeBoyer CMP Sr. Marketing Associate, Baxter Healthcare

“It was a real pleasure to meet you and I learned a great deal from you. Thanks for making an impact on my life.”
-Chris McDown VP, Custom Contracting, Novation

 “At least 25 people just told me that you were the best speaker we have ever had”
– Quinn Lyzun, President, Americas, Optos