The Indianapolis Motor Speedway changed Stephan Gregoire's life. That's why he decided to give something back by launching Miles Ahead.
Stephan came to Indianapolis for the first time in 1993 as a non-English speaking, French rookie racecar driver to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Against fellow "rookies" Formula 1 champion Nigel Mansell, 3-time Formula 1 champion, Nelson Piquet, Formula 1 veteran, Stefan Johansson, and rising star Robby Gordon, Stephan was not only the fastest rookie qualifier of this group, but also the seventh fastest qualifier overall in the 33-car field. He also happened to be the youngest driver in the field, having just turned 24. This was a major accomplishment for someone who had never driven an IndyCar or raced on an oval track before.
Over the next seventeen years, Stephan compiled an international racing resume matched by few others in its diversity. In addition to his seven starts at the Indianapolis 500, where he finished 8th in 2000, he finished 4th in the GT class in his only start at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2003 driving a Ferrari 360 GT, competed at the 24 Hours of Daytona three times and competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times, finishing 7th overall out of 50 cars in the 2003 race and finishing 2nd in the GT1 class in 2010 in a Chevrolet Corvette C6R.
Off the track, Stephan took time to earn a private pilot's license with an instrument flight rating (IFR). As an avid runner, he competed in the 1997 Chicago Marathon, finishing the race in just under three hours. He continues to run daily and is also an avid motorcyclist, participating in motorcycle track days and occasionally taking cross-country motorcycle trips.
In February, 2010, Stephan and his wife, Virginie, became United States citizens. They have three children and live in Zionsville, IN, a northwest suburb of Indianapolis.
Ted Woerner grew up in suburban Chicago with the dream of one day racing in the Indianapolis 500. Upon graduation from the University of Illinois, Ted saved his money and competed in the 1986 and 1987 Midwest Skip Barber Formula Ford Series. He was runner up for Rookie of the Year in 1986 and won 4 of 20 races over the two seasons against ambitious competitors in identical race cars.
Unable to continue his racing career due to the substantial financial requirements to do so, he focused on his professional career. In the early 90s, he became the first designer in the retail industry to utilize the emerging technology of 3D computer graphics for retail display design. Ted eventually became creative director at a Chicago design agency. In 1999 he moved to Indianapolis to become the director of Thomson Consumer Electronics' new Design Visualization Center.
Ted met Stephan through a French colleague at Thomson. The two became quick friends and Ted soon began helping Stephan develop commercial partnerships for his racing career. Success in this side activity eventually led him to launch his own motorsports marketing agency in 2006 with a silent partner. During the ensuing years, Ted and Stephan crafted a detailed business plan for a driving school to be based at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The opportunity to launch Miles Ahead was awarded to them by IMS in late 2010.
Ted and his wife, Anne-Marie, have two grown children and reside in Carmel, IN, a northern suburb of Indianapolis.