McLaren chairman Ron Dennis been handed the MIA Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Motorsport Industry during an event at the House of Lords.
Dennis was handed the award by Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, in recognition of his career, which has seen him established McLaren as one of F1's top teams and has also seen him lead the expansion of the McLaren Group into a wide range of other areas.
Dennis joins an elite group of previous MIA Award winners, including last year's winner, John Surtees, Red Bull technical director Adrian Newey and Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn.
“First and foremost this is somewhat of a surprise,” Dennis admitted. “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, was full of praise for Dennis over the way in which his career has developed.
“The outstanding career of Ron Dennis epitomises all that is good about British motorsport engineering,” he said. “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.”