We are pleased to announce that Derek Daly has joined our team to make Bluegrass Motorsports Club a signature course and to get more involved on the business side of Bluegrass.
Derek competed as a professional race car driver for 17 years before becoming a television motorsports personality and businessman.Derek raced in Formula One, Indy Car and World Sports Cars. Derek went from being a laborer in the iron ore mines of Australia in 1973 to winning the Irish Formula Ford Championship in 1975.After living in a school bus for a year in 1976, he won the British Formula Three Championship in 1977. That catapulted him into the Formula One World Championship.His Formula One career spanned 49 Grand Prix starts. In 1983, Derek made his first of 6 starts at the Indianapolis 500. In 1984, Derek survived one of the worst on track crashes ever seen at the Michigan International Speedway. He spent three years in therapy. In 1990, Derek won the prestigious Sebring 12 hour endurance. Just for good measure, he won it again in 1991 and retired from competition in 1992.
In 1985 Derek started a ten year association as a motorsport color analyst on ESPN. In 1992 USA Today’s television critic Rudy Martzke, highlighted Derek as “the best new face on sports television”. A poll sponsored by and featured in IndyCar Racing magazine, voted Derek “the most popular motorsports television announcer”. Derek has worked for NBC Sports, CBS Sports, Fox, ESPN and Speed Channel.
In 1993, he received the Joules Goux Award from Moet & Chandon champagne for his outstanding contributions to motorsports television. He was also nominated in the same year for an Ace Award by ESPN. In December 2000, Derek received the prestigious Hall of Fame Award from Motorsport Ireland for his leadership of Irish motorsports.
Partnering with BMW North America in 1996, Derek opened the most advanced driver training / racing school in the USA – Derek Daly Performance Driving Academy which was voted “the best driving school in America” by Motor Trend and Automobile magazines. Sylvester Stallone chose Derek’s program for his own race driving preparation for the film, Driven.