Dan Edmunds' father, a retired Indy 500 racer, built race cars in Anaheim, California. Dan worked there as a kid, first cleaning bathrooms and sweeping up, later fabricating parts and assembling cars.
A mechanical engineering degree from Cal Poly Pomona came next, then a job at a U.S. Navy research lab in San Diego. One of his colleagues raced cars, and Dan began helping out. That led to a succession of race cars of his own.
He parlayed his experience into an engineering role at Toyota's Arizona Proving Grounds, where he evaluated prototypes and developed the first Tacoma TRD Off-Road package. A similar job with Hyundai's test center brought him home to California.
Dan had always been fascinated with Edmunds because of the shared name, but he thought he'd need programming skills to work there. But then came the director of automotive testing job, and his vehicle testing and evaluation experience now helps consumers choose the right car.