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Danny grew up near the old Legion Ascot Speedway in Alhambra along with future Indy 500 winner Sam Hanks. Both got into Midget racing, but it was too dangerous for Danny. "I found out racing Midgets was the quickest way to get killed," he laughs. "Racing Stock Cars was safer. That was at Carroll Speedway. The Merc belonged to Lincoln-Mercury dealer in Inglewood, Bob Estes. I drove for him when his regular driver was racing track roadsters and the dates conflicted."