Dan Wheldon has been nominated for the Trinity Dove Award by the Spirit of Sport Committee for his unwavering support and dedication to St Vincent Sports Performance, the sports performance industry and the Spirit of Sport Awards.
Dan was the very first professional athlete to select SVSP as his training and medical provider, in the Spring of 2002. Having been a longtime partner and friend to St.Vincent Sports Performance and St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, Dan was a Spirit of Sport presenter on several occasions, always bringing an energy and enthusiasm for the athletes who shared his same values and commitment to excellence.
From daily training at SVSP, to his annual helmet design contest with Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, Dan's unwavering commitment to improvement, optimism, and support for others who were pushing through their own barriers was always accompanied by his signature smile.
He challenged the SVSP staff to be innovative in developing driver specific training programs. Dan was instrumental in the entry of SVSP deeper into the motorsports industry. He consistently recommended SVSP to team owners, drivers and crew members.
Over the span of his IndyCar career, Dan was the 2005 IndyCar Series Champion, and a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.
Since Dan's passing, his memory has continued to live on through numerous charitable events and contributions, including memorials, races, and a dedicated patient room at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital. Through Dan's actions, events and contributions, Dan's enthusiasm, character and will to win lives on through every one of the St.Vincent associates, clients, and patients he encountered.