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Born on this day (29th - April)

Cal Niday

1916 - 1988


Hugh Dibley

1937


Jerry Karl

1941 - 2008


Dale Earnhardt

1957 - 2001


Chad Little

1963


Marcel Albers

1967 - 1992


Ryan Sharp

1979



Died on this day (29th - April)

Baron Pierre de Crawhez

1874 - 1925


Theo Helfrich

1913 - 1978


Bob Akin

1936 - 2002


Rob Walker

1917 - 2002


Chuck Daigh

1923 - 2008



Don Horvath
Don Horvath
UNITED STATES

Born
27 / 4 / 1935
Died
14 / 2 / 1965

Don Horvath was born in California and was a successful midget driver in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

He started racing at Ascot Park, Gardena. He was quite serious about his racing and Allen Heath took advantage of this to wind him up. Once after being awarded the Most Improved Driver trophy, Heath presented him with his own award. Horvath was pleased because he felt that finaly he was getting the recognition he deserved. However when he opened the award it turned out to be a giant 'crying towel'.

Horvath’s best years were in 1963 and 1964, when he finished the season in twelfth and eleventh place respectively. In 1963 Horvath won races in Gardena on 24 August and 31 August; the following year he won in San Bernardino on 12 June, Gardena on 27 June and 11 July and twice in Fresno, on 26 July and 15 August.

He took the Indy 500 rookie test in 1964 in the Dean Van Lines roadster but he did not attempt to qualify for the race.

Horvath was killed in a USAC midget race in Vallejo, California, on 14 February 1965. His car ran wide and clipped a post marking the track exit. The car flipped backwards and Horvath broke his neck.