Danny Ongais dead at 79: Tributes paid to F1 and Indy 500 racer known as the ‘Flyin’ Hawaiian’

THE racing world is mourning the passing of American star Danny Ongais who has died at the age of 79. Known as the ‘Flyin’ Hawaiian’, Ongais’ long career saw him excel in Indy cars, F1 and drag racing. His best racing season came in 1978, where Ongais won five races and eight poles en route to an eighth-place finish in the USAC standings. He had one last shot at the famous race in 1998, but failed to qualify in a Team Pelfrey car. Ongais was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2000 in the Drag Racing category.

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