Dan Wheldon was today awarded the British Racing Drivers' Club's (BRDC) prestigious Earl Howe Trophy at Autosport International, the annual motorsport exhibition at Birmingham's NEC.
This award recognises Dan Wheldon's second position in the 2001 CART Dayton Indy Lights Championship and his third successive 'Rookie of the Year' title and is presented to the British competitor who has been most successful in North America during the past season.
23-year old Briton, Dan, has had consistent success in North America since moving there at the beginning of 1999 to develop his career. In his first season Stateside, he won the US Formula Ford 2000 Championship and went on to finish second in the 2000 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship before being chosen to lead PacWest Racing's Indy Lights team last year.
After receiving The Earl Howe Trophy, Dan Wheldon commented: "It is a great honour to be presented with such an historic and prestigious award which recognises the successes of British drivers competing in North America. Hopefully, this season I shall be able to continue this trend by taking another step upwards."
The Earl Howe Trophy is presented in memory of Viscount Curzon who was born in 1884 and took up motor racing seriously at the age of 44, scoring many major successes at circuits such as Brooklands and Le Mans. After the Second World War he continued to support motor sport, speaking many times in the House of Lords and acting as President of the British Racing Drivers' Club and Chairman of the RAC Competitions Committee.