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    Long writeup/rehash on F1 Rejects, including audio of Danny in 1978.

    http://www.f1rejects.com/drivers/ongais/biography.html

    Relink to archive.org: https://web.archive.org/web/20131224...biography.html
    Last edited by atrackforumfan; 06-02-2019, 11:21 AM.
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  • #2
    Ongais snaps.

    I don't have a lot of pics of Danny uploaded yet but eventually I should have quite a few more.

    Here are the ones I have in my Champ Car set...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/4668198...57623324227456

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/4668198...7623324227456/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/4668198...57623324227456

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/4668198...7623324227456/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/4668198...57623324227456

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/4668198...57623324227456

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/4668198...7623324227456/

    F1--this is the only one so far. I know I have one of him in the same place on the track wayyyyyyyy sideways.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/4668198...57623186790747

    IMSA...in one of Ted Field's Porsche 935s...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/4668198...57623186793517

    I may have overlooked one or two so here's the link to all my sets....

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/

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    • #3
      I knew he was a drag racer, but I didn't know he was such a winner on that circuit.

      Also, thank you for serving our country, Mr. Ongais.

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      • #4
        http://youtu.be/bfrX2GLPVts

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        • #5
          Found this on another site..

          Today is supposedly Danny's 70th birthday.

          Time do fly!

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          • #6
            I believe that is correct-Danny was 54 when he ran in 1996
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            • #7
              F1rejects.com has gone away, but most content is available at archive.org. Here's Danny's bio:

              https://web.archive.org/web/20131224...biography.html
              Racing ain't much, but workin's nothing. Richard Tharp

              Lying was a no-brainer for me. Robin Miller

              "I thought they booed [Danica] because she was being a complete jerk, but then they applauded for A.J. Foyt. Now I'm just confused."

              The real world sucks. Ed McCullough

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MS View Post
                I knew he was a drag racer, but I didn't know he was such a winner on that circuit.
                Which was that? Indy cars or Camel GT?
                'Had his '77 Daytona Finale pole winning 934 windscreen (cracked in practice) as a souvenir for a few years ('crew was changin' it, I asked for it, they said take it away....'did and 'turned it into a coffee table)
                9517_f24c000721_low_res.jpg

                "Those were the days my friends. We thought they'd never end....."

                jimclark

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                • #9
                  Clearly they didn’t call him Danny OnTheGas for nothing. But, what always impressed me was how well he adapted to ovals and road courses coming from drag racing. He was just a natural. Still remember that ugly photo after his crash during the 500 with the front of the tub being ripped away...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jimclark View Post
                    Which was that? Indy cars or Camel GT?
                    I knew he won a handful of Indy Car races in the 1970s, but I didn't know he was such a decorated champion on the drag racing circuit.
                    Last edited by MS; 06-07-2019, 09:29 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Danny also had a brief stint in CRA sprint cars. He was spectacular in championship cars. I wish I could have seen him in the straight liners.
                      "For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's future, and we are all mortal".

                      John Kennedy at American University 1963

                      "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power"

                      A. Lincoln

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                      • #12
                        Interesting passage from Wikipedia:

                        Ongais was notoriously reclusive and a private man, rarely giving interviews and revealing little or no details of his life outside of racing. Roger Penske, while employing Ongais for the 1987 Indy 500, was unable to get the racer to speak to the press, and said of him - "His whole heart is in racing, that's his life" Jim Chapman, race director at Interscope Racing stated "Nobody really knew much about him — where he lived, his family, stuff like that". Chapman did state that well into their relationship he learned Ongais was married and had a son.

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                        • #13
                          Dave Despain said during his 1996 Indy reprise, "A.J. Foyt got LESSONS on how to be short with the media from Ongias."

                          In the 1980 Hungness yearbook, it was mentioned that Danny brought his IMSA Interscope Porsches to test in the early spring at Indy, a very rare occurrence of any other kind of race car on the Speedway at the time. Wonder how fast the lap time was?
                          You have the IndyCar you deserve.

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                          • #14
                            Didn't know he was a sprint car driver, too! I remember when he was best known as being the driver of the Flyin' Hawaiian funny car when I was first interested in motorsports.
                            Always amazed me that he kept racing at the 500 after 3 bad accidents, especially the one where we all thought he was done for.
                            Bet he wakes up every morning now wondering how he survived to be 70!
                            EDIT: Born in '42 makes him in his late '70s now.
                            Last edited by Stick500; 06-08-2019, 09:27 AM.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by flatlander_48 View Post
                              Interesting passage from Wikipedia:

                              Ongais was notoriously reclusive and a private man, rarely giving interviews and revealing little or no details of his life outside of racing. Roger Penske, while employing Ongais for the 1987 Indy 500, was unable to get the racer to speak to the press, and said of him - "His whole heart is in racing, that's his life" Jim Chapman, race director at Interscope Racing stated "Nobody really knew much about him — where he lived, his family, stuff like that". Chapman did state that well into their relationship he learned Ongais was married and had a son.
                              His son, Brian Ongais, actually did a season of ARS in 1988 with a best finish of 5th at Milwaukee
                              https://www.racing-reference.info/dr...aibr01/1988/IL
                              "We let bygones be under the bridge..." AJ Foyt

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