Dan was born on June 22nd, 1978, in Emberton, England.
After turning his back on the European racing scene due to a lack of opportunities, Dan moved to the United States in 1999 and spent several years in lower open-wheeled circuits such as the U.S. Ford Formula 2000 series,…more
In 2008, Dan married his personal assistant Susie Behm. They had two sons, Sebastian Daniel and Oliver. They stayed together until his death in 2011.
Dan won the final Indy Racing League race of the 2006 season for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, beating his team-mate Scott Dixon at Chicagoland ahead of Penske rivals Sam Hornish Jr and Helio Castroneves. The result means that Hornish and Dan finish the season equal on 475 points but Hornish is the champion as he won four races to Dan's two.
In 2006, Dan was nominated by ESPN for their Hottest Male Athlete Award.
During 2005, Dan negotiated with Honda, Williams and BMW Sauber for a drive in F1. He almost signed with BMW Sauber but they refused to guarantee him a race drive - even if he agreed to spend the whole of 2006 as test driver.
Dan's motto is: 'If you want something bad enough, you'll get it, as long as you put in the effort'.
Dan's racing hero is Ayrton Senna.
Dan's favourite foods are Indian and Italian.
Dan enjoys shopping, working out, travelling, listening to music, jet skiing and hanging with friends.
Dan has 3 brothers (Austin, Ashley & Eliot), and one sister Holly.
In 2006, Dan moved to Target Chip Ganassi Racing in the Indy Car Series Indy Racing League, driving the #10 Target car. He won the season opener event at Homestead-Miami Speedway; his first race with the team.
In 2003, Dan was voted Rookie of the Year by Autosport.com.
Dan made his IRL debut in 2002 with Panther Racing.
Dan was the 2001 Indy Lights Rookie of the Year.
Dan was the 2000 Toyota Atlantic Championship Rookie of the Year.
Dan was the 1999 U.S. Formula Ford 2000 champion and Rookie of the Year.
In 2004, Dan finished second in the IndyCar Series standings.
Dan's height is 5'9". He weighs aprox. 157 lbs.
Dan won his first IRL championship at the Indy Grand Prix at Watkins Glen (Sept. 25, 2005), winning a record 6 out of 17 races. He earned almost $4 million in the 2005 IRL season.
In 2005, Dan won the 89th Indianapolis 500 becoming the first Englishman to win this prestigious race since Graham Hill in 1966. It was only his third Indy 500 start. He is the first driver to win from 16th position.
As at 2007, Dan resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Dan: (After winning the 2007 IRL season opener at Homestead) It's a great way to open up the season. We worked very hard over the winter to improve on what we started last year. I think I underestimated how difficult the transition would be last year.
Interviewer: You've called Danica Patrick "hot" and "cute." Do you worry about sounding sexist?
Dan: What do you want me to say, very pretty? OK, she's very pretty.
Dan: (ambitions to switch to F1) When my contract expires with [IRL team owner] Chip [Ganassi], I'll take a serious look at Formula 1, maybe more serious than I did last year.
Dan: (comparing himself to F1 driver Jenson Button) To tell you the truth, I'm surprised Honda paid so much to get Jenson out of his Williams deal because I personally think that if you give me the right time, I can certainly be as good, if not better. I'm sure every driver thinks that, but I certainly believe I can be as good.
Dan: (on winning both the Indy 500 and the IRL championship in 2005) To win both in the same year I think is an unbelievable achievement. I thought I would be able to do it in my career, but not so early. You think you're asking for too much for a championship. It's taken all the energy out of me.
Dan: (who in history he'd like to meet) Richard the Lion heart. I have his mural painted on the back of my helmets. When he fought, he fought with his heart, not with his head. This made him a formidable opponent.
Dan: I look back to when I was a rookie. You're up against guys that have been around, for not just a year or two, but you're talking 10 years.