(Born May 21, 1942)
Danny Ongais was an eleven year veteran of the Indianapolis
500. He was the only driver born and raised in Hawai'i and the
only driver of Hawaiian ancestry to compete at the famous oval
Nicknamed the "Flying Hawaiian", Ongais drove his first Indy
in 1977, but his overall auto racing career spanned 25 years and
found him behind the wheel of dragsters, sportscars and Formula I
Grand Prix racers as well.
In 1963 and 1964 Ongais was the American Hot Rod Association AA
Gas Dragster Champion and in 1965 he was the National Hot Rod
Association AA Dragster Champion.
In one year, 1969, Ongais set 295 world land speed and endurance
records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
He also raced on two wheels as well. He was the Hawai'i State
Motorcycle Champion in 1960.
Ongais was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in June, 2000.
Historical Timeline: 1960, Adolf Eichmann captured by Israelis in Argentina, executed in Israel in 1962.
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