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Dan Gurney
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Gurney in 1970
Born Daniel Sexton Gurney
(1931-04-13)April 13, 1931
Port Jefferson, New York, US
Died January 14, 2018(2018-01-14) (aged 86)
Newport Beach, California, US
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality American
Active years 19591968, 1970
Teams Ferrari, BRM, Porsche, Lotus, Brabham, Eagle, McLaren
Entries 87 (86 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 4
Podiums 19
Career points 133
Pole positions 3
Fastest laps 6
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.

Early life

Gurney was born in Port Jefferson, New York, but moved to California as a teenager.

Racing career

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.


Gurney died from complications of pneumonia in Newport Beach, California on January 14, 2018, at the age of 86. He was survived by his wife Evi and their four sons, Justin, Alex, Dan Jr. and Jimmy.

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