Dan Clarke

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Dan Clarke
Dan Clarke at Silverstone 2005.jpg
Clarke at Silverstone in 2005
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1983-10-04)4 October 1983
Mexborough, South Yorkshire, England
Achievements 2004 Formula Ford Festival Winner
Champ Car career
27 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Years active 2006–2007
Team(s) CTE Racing-HVM (2006)
Minardi Team USA (2007)
Best finish 12th – 2006
First race 2006 Grand Prix of Long Beach (Long Beach)
Last race 2007 Gran Premio Tecate (Mexico City)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 2 1
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
1 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
2011 position 87th
Best finish 87th – 2011
First race 2011 Zippo 200 (Watkins Glen)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of 29 May 2012.
Previous series
2010
2009
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
Firestone Indy Lights
A1 Grand Prix
Champ Car World Series
Champ Car World Series
British F3
UK Formula Ford
UK Formula Ford
UK FFord Jnr
BRDC FFord

Daniel "Dan" Clarke is a British auto racing driver born 4 October 1983 in Mexborough, most recently competing in the Firestone Indy Lights series with Walker Racing, having previously competed in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport and the Champ Car World Series. Also nicknamed 'Speedy Dan'.

Early career[edit]

Dan Clarke in his Räikkönen Robertson Racing F3 at Silverstone 9 October 2005

A veteran of British Formula Ford where he won the prestigious Formula Ford Festival in 2004, he moved up the British Formula Three Championship in 2005 in a team part owned by Kimi Räikkönen, Räikkönen Robertson Racing, and finished 5th overall, taking the team's first win at Castle Combe and setting the circuit outright lap record which he still holds.

2006 & 2007 – Champ Car and Beyond[edit]

With a series of impressive tests he was signed to drive in the Champ Car World Series for CTE Racing-HVM, owned jointly by Cedric the Entertainer and Keith Wiggins, in 2006 as a teammate to the even younger Nelson Philippe. This was despite Danish driver Ronnie Bremer having publicly claimed to have a drive with the team.

He finished 6th at Portland and 7th at Burke Lakefront Airport, where he was battling for 2nd with Mario Domínguez when they collided on the penultimate lap. Dan was again competitive at San Jose, moving up from 9th to 2nd before a gearbox failure put him out at mid-distance. At his next race, in Denver, Clarke moved into 3rd place in the final lap (because of a collision of two drivers ahead of him) to achieve his first podium finish as a Champ Car driver. Indeed, the Denver 3rd place was the first podium finish for a Champ Car Rookie driver in the 2006 racing season.

Following on from Denver, Clarke continued to run at the front and narrowly missed out on another podium finish at the next race in Montreal, Quebec, coming home in 4th place. Immediately after, Clarke won the Bridgestone Pole Position award at Road America, Wisconsin. The first rookie to do so since 2003 and the first British Rookie since Nigel Mansell in 1993. Clarke experienced misfortune towards the end of the season that would see him forced to settle for 'Rookie runner-up' to Will Power after an intense battle between the two drivers.

He returned to the team for the 2007 season, now named Minardi Team USA, joined by new teammate and former Minardi F1 driver Robert Doornbos. Clarke had a troubled season finishing 13th in the overall standings and missing one race, at Zolder having been ejected from the event for causing a multi-car crash in practice. He did however record a second place at Road America.

Upon the folding of the Champ Car series into the IndyCar Series the Minardi team became known as HVM racing and hired E. J. Viso to drive, leaving Clarke without a ride.

2009 – A1 Team Great Britain[edit]

He has since driven for Great Britain in the A1GP series, participating in three rounds of the fourth season of the championship.

First announced as the Team GBR driver halfway into the 2008/2009 series at Taupo, New Zealand, Clarke had little time to adapt to the new car, team and track. He went on to build experience through that weekend and then at the Portimão, Portugal, races. The next race for Clarke was Brands Hatch, UK, in front of his home fans. Despite Qualifying technical issues, Clarke put on an impressive performance to drive back from 14th place in the feature to 7th scoring fastest race laps in the process.

Following the weekend, Clarke expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the A1GP Series, Team GBR and British fans' support and his desire to continue with the team through to the 2009/2010 season. However, for the second time in his career, his series folded in the off-season, leaving him without a drive.

2010 – Firestone Indy Lights[edit]

In 2010 Clarke signed on with Walker Racing in the Firestone Indy Lights series, the top feeder series to IndyCar. He joined the team at the second race of the season at Barber Motorsports Park. Clarke finished 7th in points with a pair of second-place finishes at Toronto and Mid-Ohio. After a slow start learning the car and working with the team, Dan scored a 4th place finish in his first outing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Freedom 100 and then went on to a successful 2nd half of the season with two 2nd place finishes at Toronto and Mid-Ohio, five top-5s and 7 top-10s. Finishing up 7th in the series points.

2011–present[edit]

In 2011, Clarke competed in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen International, finishing 39th following engine failure.[1]

Motorsports career results[edit]

American open-wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

Champ Car[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2006 CTE-HVM Racing LBH
11
HOU
16
MTY
13
MIL
8
POR
6
CLE
7
TOR
17
EDM
9
SJO
16
DEN
3
MTL
4
ROA
6
SRF
17
MXC
18
12th 175
2007 Minardi Team USA LVS
Ret
LBH
12
HOU
Ret
POR
6
CLE
11
MTT
Ret
TOR
Ret
EDM
8
SJO
Ret
ROA
2
ZOL
DNP
ASN
11
SRF
Ret
MXC
Ret
13th 129

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Rank Points
2010 Walker Racing STP ALA
7
LBH
13
INDY
4
IOW
9
WGL
13
TOR
2
EDM
5
MDO
2
SNM
13
CHI
5
KTY
10
HMS
17
7th 304

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 DC Points
2008–09 Great Britain NED
SPR

NED
FEA

CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

NZL
SPR

12
NZL
FEA

12
RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

POR
SPR

11
POR
FEA

7
GBR
SPR

13
GBR
SPR

7
10th 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clarke soaks up Nationwide atmosphere on debut". Racer. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Joey Foster
Formula Ford Festival Winner
2004
Succeeded by
Duncan Tappy