Speaker Derek Daly

Derek Daly

World Class Formula One and Indy 500 Driver, Master of Fast, Best-Selling Author, and 25-Year Network Television Analyst

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Travels From
    Indiana, USA

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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.

Testimonials 8

  • “Great job. . . I think your remarks hit the mark with our audience. Your program was very much appreciated. We have shared your quotes with everybody!”

    Gregory T. Rajsky

    CAE, Director of Member Services, Aluminum Extruders Council

  • “Derek was prepared and extremely easy to work with. As I think back to last Friday, it felt as if he was a part of our team, he engages and commits, and it shows.”

    Bradley D. Thornton

    President & CEO , University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors, Inc.

  • “Your speech yesterday was fabulous and I’ve heard nothing but praises from others who attended. I’m honored to have heard you. Later in the afternoon a colleague said, “Derek had me on the edge of my seat the entire time!”

    Ron King

    MCAA / Mechanical Contractors Association of America

  • I wanted to take a moment out of an incredibly busy schedule to share praise and positive feedback for Derek Daly! He recently presented at our Annual Sales Kickoff in early January—and he CRUSHED it! I’ve had the opportunity to work with several motivational speakers over the years, and I can say that Derek is truly in the upper echelon.

    From the start of our engagement, Derek was highly collaborative and as agile as we are—which is to say he’s darn fast, on his game and didn’t miss a beat.  Derek was completely flexible in his approach, worked with us on accelerated deadlines, and was accessible and on-point throughout the entire process, even through the holidays.

    Our global field teams were truly inspired by his story. As a renowned Formula 1 driver, Derek’s message was truly international and resonated with everyone. His presentation was perfectly aligned to what we’re pushing to accomplish as an already successful sales organization—endeavoring to take things to  the next level—and his presentation was fun, engaging and poignant. As a matter of fact, most everyone now carries with them in their wallets, Derek’s card with his “5 Factors of Fast”, and our Sales VP for EMEA and APAC just purchased 25 of his “Race to Win: The 7 Essential Skills of the Complete Champion” books.

    Raj H. Patel

    Sr. Director, Corporate and Field, Marketing, Virtual Instruments

  • I would like to thank you for providing a wonderful conclusion to this year’s Wilmington Trust Partners for Success conference in Scottsdale, AZ. Being the last speaker is always the hardest job given the tendency of the audience to be ready to call it a day. You definitely created some new racing fans that day, not to mention a greater appreciation for the interdependencies on a racing team that closely parallel Wilmington Trust’s clients businesses. You don’t often see people coming into the last presentation of the day throughout the presentation.

    You totally captivated the audience with your stories but it was your masterful connections to other speakers at the conference that my client and I truly appreciate the most.

    John H. Lotka

    Chief Executive Officer, Maximum Impact Partners for Wilmington Trust

  • Your inspirational message on preparation, change management, and creative innovation was a true highlight of our annual Lean Six Sigma Summit. . .best of the best. Thank you for making a difference with our team!

    David L. Hart

    Executive Director, Lean Six Sigma, Valspar Corporation

  • Derek is a great speaker. He mixed in stories about his career with just the right messages about teamwork and change. While not everyone in the audience was interested in racing, they all enjoyed hearing his stories. I highly recommend him for any event. We have already had inquiries from attendees as to how they can hire him for events they are having.

    Phil Cabot

    National Parts Manager, Volvo Cars of North America LLC

  • His messages were perfectly aligned with the entrepreneurial nature of the attendees and he brought a passion and energy that really made a difference at our event…… he takes the time to understand the audience and really deliver a great presentation.

    Rob Popazzi

    AVP Sales Force Growth and Development, Sun Life Financial

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