Danny “Berzerko” Becker, legendary Speedway racer of the 1970’s and early ‘80’s, passed away on November 23, 2013 in his Huntington Beach home. Becker was 58 years old and had been battling esophageal cancer for almost two years. He is survived by his wife, Jojo Guerin Becker; his daughters, Michaela and Selina Becker; his sisters, Robin Sandler, Karen Haskell and Kim Klesjtan; and his father, John Jacobson Becker.
Becker wowed fans during his career at Southern California Speedway tracks in Costa Mesa, Bakersfield, Ventura and others, displaying a natural talent aboard the machine that few could match. His racing career began in 1971 but he’d been enamored with motorcycles and speed since he was a young boy. His fearlessness and competitive nature garnered him countless admirers over the years, but Becker is remembered as humble and unfazed by any star status he achieved during his race career.
He reached the US Nationals three times and regularly battled against seven-time champion Mike Bast. Becker is said to have maintained a warm-hearted and loving attitude until he was on track, and then all bets were off. Friends and competitors remember him attacking the track with the throttle wide and caution out the door.
Becker was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in early 2012 after battling with acid indigestion problems all his life. Throughout his illness Becker is said to have remained upbeat, positive and immensely grateful for his family, friends and fans’ support. A memorial event is being planned for Becker and is scheduled for some time in January 2014.