Dan Partel – Chief Executive Officer
Dan’s vision for the future of motorsports aligned so perfectly with the DeltaWing concept he was appointed CEO! A graduate of Rutgers (BSc, College of Agriculture and Environmental Science) and Thunderbird School of Global Management, Dan spent twelve years working with multinationals Firestone and Philip Morris before pursuing his love of motorsports by founding the European Formula Drivers Association (EFDA) in 1979. Under his leadership, the EFDA organized and sanctioned over 100 championships in 5 classes of racing in 17 countries on 48 circuits with over 2000 drivers participating. 45 of those drivers graduated to F1 with 4 becoming world champions.
Dan’s vision for the future of motorsports aligned so perfectly with the DeltaWing concept he was appointed CEO
Other accomplishments include the 1986 restructuring of the National Tractor Pullers Association of America, Chairman and promoter of five Eurobowls (the final game of the European Championship of American Football), and the successful recapitalization of the Zandvoort circuit in Holland. In 1999 he became President of Lola Cars USA which went on to dominate the CART grid and sales in North America. Like his other DeltaWing colleagues, Dan has also driven race cars.
Ben Bowlby – Chief Technology Officer
Ben’s passion for cars began early — at age 16 he built his own 2-seat road car and followed it up by building a race car just three years later. His enthusiasm led him to drive his own race cars in the UK for six years during which he completed his BSc Honors degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Ben joined Lola Cars in 1991 and went on to become Chief Designer of the company. During his time at Lola, he designed Champ Cars, European and Nippon F3000, SR1, SR2, LMP 675 sports cars and BTCC touring cars. In 2003, Ben joined Chip Ganassi Racing as Technical Director where he worked on the development of the team’s IndyCars, Grand Am prototypes and NASCAR cars, as well as developing a unique full-scale straight-line aerodynamic test facility. Ben began working on the DeltaWing concept in January 2009.
Bill Lafontaine – Chief Marketing Officer
Bill brings over 27 years of global brand, marketing and communications expertise to DeltaWing. He has been involved in motorsports throughout his life having begun his racing career at age 4 running quarter midgets advancing to race in the Formula Atlantic Series. Bill has worked with Panther Racing, Fernandez Racing, Kelley Racing and Hendrick Motorsports among others throughout his career.
Bill brings over 27 years of global brand, marketing and communications expertise to DeltaWing
A graduate of the J. L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Bill was formerly Vice President of Brand and Communications and Corporate Director of Integrated Marketing Services at Delphi Corporation. In that capacity, his responsibilities included managing Delphi’s motorsports marketing and technical operations. Bill is excited to be part of bringing the future of IndyCar racing to life.