Derek Daly

  • Legendary Race Car Driver
  • Entrepreneur and Businessman
  • Television and Radio Personality

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. Derek’s professional racing career spanned 17 years and his experiences are nothing short of breathtaking. 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. Derek has taught the timeless principles of his most valuable asset—speed to audiences around the world. 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.

 
  

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We chose Derek as the motivational speaker at Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc’s national convention. Derek provided entertaining and valuable insight that reemphasized our theme of creativity, speed and innovation to motivate and position our company for future growth. He was a great fit for our conference and I loved how he reemphasized our theme of ‘Throttling Through the Apex’ right in the beginning of his speech. I will probably have him on my short list for next year’s conference.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Derek Daly
  • Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson, P.C.
  • Uline Shipping Supplies
  • Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.
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Complete Champion Culture: Driving to the Limits of Possibility

Complete Champion Culture explores the leap from Good to Great - and from Great to Extraordinary. You will savor how people can be pushed to the edges and boundaries of what might be possible. You will understand where the Culture of Extraordinary lives. You will learn how to achieve your personal b ...

Complete Champion Culture explores the leap from Good to Great - and from Great to Extraordinary. You will savor how people can be pushed to the edges and boundaries of what might be possible. You will understand where the Culture of Extraordinary lives. You will learn how to achieve your personal best and how to sustain levels of performance that competitors are unable to match. 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.

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 takes you down the success road to understand the critical difference between going fast and being fast. You will learn how being creative and innovative helps achieve trail ...

If the speed of doing business will continue to increase in the next 10 years, ask yourself, How Fast can we get Fast? Derek takes you down the success road to understand the critical difference between going fast and being fast. You will learn how being creative and innovative helps achieve trail blazing 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.

Complete Champion Teams: How to AccSELLerate your Team

Whether you buy or sell, take a riveting drive down the learning lane and understand how your team can make critical performance gains by edging more towards their personal margins and boundaries. You will understand what it means to be asked to go beyond your best. Today we ask our teams to take m ...

Whether you buy or sell, take a riveting drive down the learning lane and understand how your team can make critical performance gains by edging more towards their personal margins and boundaries. You will understand what it means to be asked to go beyond your best. Today we ask our teams to take more risks. At the end of this session they will understand how to take Intelligent Risks. Your teams will be equipped to journey to the Victory Podium more often to celebrate success. Enter this presentation an individual; leave as a teammate, and AccSELLerate.

Complete Champion 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 understand what it means to operate on the edg ...

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 understand what it means to operate on the edges and boundaries of what might be possible and where that mindset can take you.

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