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Men of the Years: Every Automobile Magazine Man of the Year Since 1990

2005: The Dream Team

Tony Kanaan, Indy Racing League champion

“While others were hitting one another and the walls, Kanaan kept it clean yet was aggressive enough to win three races.”

Jim Press, EVP of Toyota Motor Sales

“He has been responsible for Toyota Motor Sales becoming the third-largest auto company in the United States.”

Ralph Gilles, Design Studio head for Chrysler 300/Dodge Magnum

“The one car designer in the United States who has truly captured the zeitgeist is Ralph Gilles.”

Mike Neal, Ride and Handling chief for Chevrolet Corvette

“Mike Neal has been lead ride-and-handling chassis development engineer on the Chevrolet Corvette, which means he was responsible for the fact that the C6 matches the world’s best dynamically.”

David Richards, Chairman of Prodrive

“After David Richards took as [BAR-Honda] team principal in 2001, BAR has been revitalized to the extent that it was second to Ferrari in the world F1 constructor’s championship in 2004, beating McLaren and Williams.”

Michael Schumacher, Racecar Driver Extrordinaire

“[Schumacher] has won eighty-three grands prix and seven world championships yet shows no sign of wanting to retire anytime soon.”

Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin

“For years, we’ve been told that aston martin was going to be the British Ferrari. Only trouble is, the cars haven’t been as good as those from Maranello. But now, under chief executive Ulrich Bez, the promise is being fulfilled.”