RIP Dan Gurney

Former F1 race winner Dan Gurney has passed away at the age of 86.

Dan Gurney had successful career in motorsport. His F1 stint started with him driving for Ferrari in 1959 which include two podiums. After an unsuccessful 1960 season he went to the works Porsche. In the two seasons Gurney had 4 podiums and a win in France 62. After Porsche pulled out of F1, Gurney raced with Anglo American Racers and Brabham which included three further wins before leaving in the 1970 season.

Responsible for one of the most beautiful Formula One cars ever, the first Eagle car was entered in the 1966 season by Anglo American Racers, an off-shoot of All American Racers, a team founded by Gurney and Carroll Shelby.

Post F1 included him winning the Le Mans with AJ Foyt in 1967 and success in Indycar and NASCAR. He was also the first driver to race in a full face helmet in F1.

A true racing engineer, and pioneer in aerodynamics for car racing, the American’s best known legacy being the Gurney Flap which are still in use today.

4 responses to “RIP Dan Gurney

  1. In 2013 at Amelia Island Mr. Gurney was seated in a table signing autograph and taking to everybody in a very humble and gentleman way. He impress me with the way he interacted with the public. A group of friends and I own Ford GT J10 which was finished in the same color of Gurney/Foyt winning Ford GT J5 including the Gurney Bubble. Less than a week ago I was viewing Youtube video of Gurney and Foyt interviews. RIP Mr Gurney

  2. Probably the last of the American drivers, who along with Hill, Gregory and Shelby, headed to Europe in the mid – late 50’d to race in F1. RIP

  3. There is so much more to Dan Gurney – the podium champagne ceremony.
    He won the first race of the 1970 CanAm season in the McLarem M8D, just two weeks after the death of Bruce.
    His AAR Toyotas were phenomenal in the IMSA GTP class, and the Eagles won severl Indy 500s.
    He also lit the fuse which caused the split from USAC that resulted in CART

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