Dennis 'honoured' to get MIA Award
4 July 2013 – Ron Dennis received the MIA Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Motorsport Industry at the House of Lords this week.
The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, presented the 66-year-old with the award in recognition of his exceptional career, during which he earned the accolade of the most successful team principal in F1 history, and has overseen the significant growth and diversification of the McLaren Group.
“First and foremost this is somewhat of a surprise,” said Dennis, who is now chairman of the McLaren Group.
“Inevitably when you are fortunate enough to win awards like this, you think about the circumstances behind it and I have always had tremendous teams of people to work with. But it’s nice to see that such a prestigious organisation recognises the contribution that I have made to succeed, both on and off the track, and for that I feel very honoured.”
Chris Aylett, Chief Executive of the MIA added: “The outstanding career of Ron Dennis epitomises all that is good about British motorsport engineering. From 1972 when he formed his first racing team, to becoming a significant shareholder and Chairman of the McLaren Group, Ron’s achievements are testament to his skills and abilities.
“As he built McLaren into a successful business group, his efforts contributed greatly to the success of many other suppliers in the Motorsport Valley community and this award is a justifiable recognition for that progress, and richly deserved.”
Dennis now joins an elite group of previous MIA Award winners, including last year’s winner, John Surtees as well as Adrian Newey, Ross Brawn, Sir Frank Williams, Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart and Bernie Ecclestone.