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Danny Ongais

Danny Ongais, 1967 Indianapolis 500. Copyright The Dave Friedman Collection, 1946-2009, repository of the Henry Ford archive, Benson Ford Research Centre, 2014. All photos are permissible to use under a Creative Commons licence.

Danny Ongais, 1967 Indianapolis 500. Copyright The Dave Friedman Collection, 1946-2009, repository of the Henry Ford archive, Benson Ford Research Centre, 2014. All photos are permissible to use under a Creative Commons licence.

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Born:

21 May 1942
Kahului, Maui Island, Hawaii

Nationality:

United States

Grands Prix:

4 (1977-1978)

Indy 500s:

11 (1968-1998)

Raced for many years at the top in America until a crash in 1997 forced him to seemingly retire. However, in 2002 he returned to racing, in the Grand Am series, despite being in his 60's. Danny started racing in the 1950's on motorcycles, before serving as a paratrooper for the US Army, being based in Europe. Also competed in drag racing and hot rods before making his first Indianapolis 500 appearance. Now has business interests away from the sport.

Biography last updated 9 Nov 2014