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Dan Pardus
Born:   April 2, 1963
Home: Port Orange, FL (Currently New Smyrna Beach, FL)

Dan Pardus is a retired American stock car racing driver. He was a regular on the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series, and also competed in events in the Busch and Winston Cup Series, as well as the ARCA Re/MAX Series.

Career

A native of Port Orange, Florida, a suburb of Daytona Beach, Pardus, a graduate of Mainland High School (a half mile from Daytona International Speedway), won back to back track championships at New Smyrna Speedway in 1980 and 1981. Pardus began racing in NASCAR's touring series in 1992, competing in the Goody's Dash Series, a series for four-cylinder subcompact cars. He ran in the series for several years, running a Chevrolet Cavalier and, later, a Pontiac Grand Am; he joined Jim & Judie Motorsports (a couple who won a lottery and pursued their passion of racing), the team he would run the majority of the remainder of his racing career for, before the 1995 season.

Pardus moved to the ARCA Re/MAX Series, a full-size stock car series, in 1997; running approximately half the series schedule, he placed third in the series' Rookie of the Year award standings and 12th overall. He ran only five races in the series in 1998, as he attempted to make his debut at the top level of NASCAR competition, the Winston Cup Series; he failed to qualify for a number of races through the season, and was injured early in the season in a practice crash at Texas Motor Speedway. In October he successfully made his debut, in what would prove to be his only start in the series, in the Pepsi 400 in October. Pardus finished 36th in the event, which had been delayed from July by extensive wildfires in central Florida.

Pardus entered the 1999 season indending to run the full 1999 Winston Cup Series schedule, competing for Rookie of the Year driving the No. 50 for Midwest Transit Racing. The team ran a limited schedule due to limited sponsorship; following his third failure to qualify in three attempts, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, Pardus was released as the team's driver, moving to a management position.

In 2000, driving for the Gardners, Pardus failed to qualify for the Daytona 500; after running a limited ARCA schedule in 2000, Pardus and the team moved to the NASCAR Busch Series in 2001, with sponsorship from The Outdoor Channel; he made his debut in the series at Nashville Superspeedway. In his second Busch Series race, at Chicagoland Speedway, Pardus was involved in a hard crash with David Donohue, suffering a broken back; he returned to competition later in the year, and ran a partial schedule in 2002, competing in twelve races, all but one for Jim & Judie Motorsports; the exception being a drive for Jay Robinson Racing in the GNC Live Well 250 at Daytona International Speedway; he also failed to qualify for six other races. Pardus' team hired pit crews from Winston Cup Series teams to pit their cars; at Nashville, due to a scheduling conflict, the crew for ML Motorsports pitted the car.

Following the 2002 season, The Outdoor Channel ended their sponsorship of Jim & Judie Motorsports; Pardus attempted to qualify for two races in 2003, at Daytona International Speedway and Darlington Raceway failing to qualify for both. Pardus would make one more attempt at a NASCAR start, in 2005 at Daytona, driving the No. 73 Chevrolet for Raabe Racing Enterprises in qualifying for the Pepsi 400; he failed to qualify for the event.

Personal life

Pardus is married to wife Allison. He has two children, Danielle and Preston. He worked as a cable system contractor, and as a part-time commentator for radio and TV broadcasts of racing events on SPEED Channel, which he joined following his racing career. He has also has a Realtor's license.Recently he owns an underground maintenance company, periodically dealing in government contracts. He is very involved with his children and their budding racing endeavors.

PICTURES


 

NASCAR DRIVER CUP Series Statistics

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1998 35 1 of 33 0 0 0 0 99 0 35,480 68 26.0 36.0
1999 36 0 of 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0     ?
2000 37 0 of 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0     ?
2005 42 0 of 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0     ?
4 years 1 0 0 0 0 99 0 35,480   26.0 36.0

 

NASCAR DRIVER Busch Series Statistics

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
2001 38 6 of 33 0 0 0 0 907 0 62,060 61 31.0 33.0
2002 39 12 of 34 0 0 0 0 1572 0 143,335 49 30.5 32.7
2003 40 0 of 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0     ?
3 years 18 0 0 0 0 2479 0 205,395   30.7 32.8

 

ARCA DRIVER Series Statistics

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1997 34 13 of 22 0 0 3 0 1171 3 7,925 12 20.1 19.2
1998 35 5 of 22 0 2 2 0 511 0 2,400   16.4 17.2
1999 36 10 of 21 0 0 1 0 816 4 0 32 17.9 26.1
2000 37 9 of 20 0 2 3 0 808 40 0 22 11.8 14.0
2001 38 1 of 25 0 0 0 0 79 14 0 151 13.0 24.0
5 years 38 0 4 9 0 3385 61 10,325   16.9 19.7

Cup All Star Race Results

Race Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
1999 Winston Open 30 24 29 50 Midwest Transit   (Hal Hicks) Chevrolet 23/50 5,860 crash 0
1999 No Bull 25 Race #2 15 15 12 50 Midwest Transit   (Hal Hicks) Chevrolet 25/25 2,837 running 0

Daytona 500 Qualifying Race Results

Race Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
1998 Gatorade 125 #1 28 22 26 07 Midwest Transit   (Hal Hicks / Mike Witter) Chevrolet 45/50 10,055 handling 0
1999 Gatorade 125 #1 30 15 30 50 Midwest Transit   (Hal Hicks / Mike Witter) Chevrolet 0/50 13,866 crash 0
2000 Gatorade 125 #2 28 27 27 65 D & M Motorsports   (Jim & Judie Gardner) Chevrolet 50/50 14,921 running 0

 

VIDEO LINKS

Dan Pardus & David Donohue Hard Crash @ Chicagoland 2001

2002 Tropicana Twister 300 - Christian Elder/Dan Pardus' Hard Crash

 





 

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