Born in Fresno 1936 this California native started his racing career driving hardtops in 1958 at Kearney Bowl Speedway. By 1960 he was offered a ride in a midget, he competed with BCRA the next few years.
After his father died in 1964 he decided to travel to the Midwest, where he met Mel Kenyon. He credits Mel as being instrumental in introducing him to the car owners. He got his first break in June at the Eldora Speedway, where he posted second quick time. The next month he got his first win at little Springfield in the Saemann-Grabow Offy. He finished 10th in Points that year
He only ran selected races in 1965; in 1966 Myron Caves asked him to drive for him. The team captured the most wins in the 66 USAC season with nine features, he finished third in the overall points right behind Mike McGreevy and Mel Kenyon. After finishing fifth in points in 1967 he received an invitation to run “Down Under” that winter, he participated in the Australian/New Zealand season along with Bob Tattersall and Billy Mehner. Don came home first fourteen times out of the seventeen races he competed in and won the Australian/New Zealand World Championship Race.
When he returned home Don decided to quit running full time. He started a career in the orthopedic business. He still kept active in racing, competing locally with BCRA, driving for Lennie Gonzel.
Over his years in racing Don has driven for some of the great car owners in our sport, Jack London, Doug Caruthers, J.C. Agajanian, Mason Cook, Howard Linne, Harry Turner and fellow Inductee Don Branson.
Don has made many friends along the way with his gentle manner and his ability to promote the sport wherever he traveled.