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Gurney in 1970
|Born||Daniel Sexton Gurney
April 13, 1931
Port Jefferson, New York, US
|Died||January 14, 2018
Newport Beach, California, US
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Active years||1959–1968, 1970|
|Teams||Ferrari, BRM, Porsche, Lotus, Brabham, Eagle, McLaren|
|Entries||87 (86 starts)|
|First entry||1959 French Grand Prix|
|First win||1962 French Grand Prix|
|Last win||1967 Belgian Grand Prix|
|Last entry||1970 British Grand Prix|
Daniel Sexton Gurney (April 13, 1931 – January 14, 2018) was an American racing driver, race car constructor, and team owner who reached racing's highest levels starting in 1958.
Gurney won races in the Formula One, Indy Car, NASCAR, Can-Am, and Trans-Am Series. Gurney is the first of three drivers to have won races in Sports Cars (1958), Formula One (1962), NASCAR (1963), and Indy Car (1967) (the other two being Mario Andretti and Juan Pablo Montoya).
In 1967, after winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans together with A.J. Foyt, he spontaneously sprayed champagne while celebrating on the podium. Apart from starting this tradition, he also was the first to put a simple right-angle extension on the upper trailing edge of the rear wing. This device, called a Gurney flap, increases downforce and, if well designed, imposes only a relatively small increase in aerodynamic drag.
At the 1968 German Grand Prix he became the first driver ever to use a full face helmet in Grand Prix racing.
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