Danny Ongais


Danny Ongais
Danny Ongais
Ongais, Danny (1984).jpg
Danny Ongais in 1984
Born May 21, 1942 (1942-05-21) (age 69)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United States American
Active years 1977-1978
Teams Ensign; non-works Penske & Shadow
Races 6 (4 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1977 United States Grand Prix
Last race 1978 Dutch Grand Prix

Danny Ongais (born May 21, 1942 in Kahului, Maui Island, Hawaii[1]) is a former racecar driver from the United States.

1984 Champ Car

He is the only native Hawaiian to compete at the Indianapolis 500. A motorcycle, sports car, Formula One, and drag racing competitor, in 1963 and 1964 Ongais won the American Hot Rod Association AA Gas Dragster Championship and in 1965 he added the National Hot Rod Association AA Dragster championship title.

A flamboyant figure on the racing circuit, Danny's nickname was "On-Gas" for his 'balls to the wall' driving style. He was also known as the "Flyin'-Hawaiian".

He was a Formula One driver who participated in six Grands Prix, debuting on October 2, 1977, and recorded a best result of seventh. In 1996 at the age of 54, Ongais agreed to be the substitute driver for Scott Brayton in the Indy 500 who had died in a practice crash shortly before the race. Starting last, Danny finished 7th in what was his final 500.

In 1981 he had a severe accident in the Indy 500, which almost cost his life. Several arm and leg fractures as well as internal injuries were the result. Then in 1985 at the Michigan 500, he spun on the exit of turn two and barrel-rolled down the back straight, during a race which had several crashes throughout its duration.

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Racing record

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1977 Interscope Racing Penske PC4 Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
USW
ESP
MON
BEL
SWE
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
NED
ITA
USA
Ret
CAN
7
JPN
NC 0
1978 Team Tissot Ensign Ensign N177 Cosworth V8 ARG
Ret
BRA
Ret
RSA
NC 0
Interscope Racing Shadow DN9 USW
DNPQ
MON
BEL
ESP
SWE
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
NED
DNPQ
ITA
USA
CAN

American Open-Wheel racing results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

CART

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1979 Interscope Racing United States
PHX
Ret
United States
ATL1
Ret
United States
ATL2
6
United States
INDY
4
United States
TRE1
7
United States
TRE2
6
United States
MIS1
Ret
United States
MIS2
Ret
United States
WGL
4
United States
TRE3
Ret
United States
ONT
6
United States
MIS3
DNS
United States
ATL3
Ret
United States
PHX2
Ret
6th 1473
1980 Interscope Racing United States
ONT1
United States
INDY
7
United States
MIL1
Ret
United States
POC
Ret
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
MIS1
Ret
United States
WGL
3
United States
MIL2
United States
ONT2
Ret
Mexico
MEX
Ret
United States
PHX
15th 601
Armstrong Mould
Interscope Racing
United States
MIS2
11
1983 Interscope Racing United States
ATL
United States
INDY
Ret
20th 14
Patrick Racing United States
MIL
12
United States
CLE
Ret
United States
MIS1
Ret
United States
ROA
Ret
United States
POC
Ret
United States
RIV
Ret
United States
MDO
5
United States
MIS2
United States
LVG
United States
LS
United States
PHX
1984 Interscope Racing United States
LBH
DNQ
United States
PHX1
5
United States
INDY
9
United States
MIL
10
United States
POR
Ret
United States
MEA
Ret
United States
CLE
Ret
United States
MIS1
Ret
United States
ROA
United States
POC
5
United States
MDO
Canada
SAN
Ret
United States
MIS2
3
United States
PHX2
5
United States
LS
Ret
United States
LVG
Ret
10th 53
1985 Interscope Racing United States
LBH
DNQ
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
POR
United States
MEA
United States
CLE
United States
MIS1
Ret
United States
ROA
United States
POC
Ret
United States
MDO
Canada
SAN
United States
MIS2
7
United States
LS
United States
PHX
14
United States
MIA
6
24th 14
1986 March Engineering United States
PHX1
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
POR
United States
MEA
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS1
United States
POC
United States
MDO
Canada
SAN
United States
MIS2
United States
ROA
United States
LS
United States
PHX2
United States
MIA
NC 0
1987 Team Penske United States
LBH
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
Inj
United States
MIL
United States
POR
United States
MEA
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
POC
United States
ROA
United States
MDO
United States
NAZ
DNQ
United States
LS
United States
MIA
Ret
42nd 0

Indy Racing League

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
1996 Team Menard United States
WDW
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
7
29th 28
1996-1997 Chitwood Motorsports United States
NHM
United States
LVS
United States
WDW
13
United States
PHX
Rpl
United States
INDY
United States
TXS
United States
PPI
United States
CLT
United States
NH2
United States
LV2
42nd 22
1998 Team Pelfrey United States
WDW
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
DNQ
United States
TXS
United States
NHM
United States
DOV
United States
CLT
United States
PPI
United States
ATL
United States
TX2
United States
LVS
NC

Indianapolis 500

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Entrant
1977 Parnelli VPJ6B Cosworth 7 20 Interscope Racing
1978 Parnelli VPJ6B Cosworth 2 18 Interscope Racing
1979 Parnelli VPJ6C Cosworth 27 4 Interscope Racing
1980 Parnelli VPJ6C Cosworth 16 7 Interscope Racing
1981 Interscope 81 Cosworth 21 27 Interscope Racing
1982 Interscope 03 Cosworth 9 22 Interscope Racing
1983 March 83C Cosworth 21 21 Interscope Racing
1984 March 84C Cosworth 11 9 Interscope Racing
1985 March 85C Cosworth 17 17 Interscope Racing
1986 March 86C Buick 16 23 March Engineering
1987 Penske PC-16 Chevrolet Practice Crash1 Team Penske
1996 Lola T95/00 Menard-Buick 332 7 Team Menard
1998 Dallara Oldsmobile DNQ Team Pelfrey
1 Al Unser succeeded Ongais as driver in the car; Unser won the Indianapolis 500 with a March-Cosworth that had been a show car.
2 After Scott Brayton was killed in a practice crash with a backup car, Ongais drove the car Brayton qualified on the pole; under USAC rules, the car had to start last.

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