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Dan Gurney

Dan Gurney, 1962, Mosport. Copyright Ron Kielbiski, 2009. Used with permission.

Dan Gurney, 1962, Mosport. Copyright Ron Kielbiski, 2009. Used with permission.

Dan GUrney, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2009. Copyright Tony Gallagher, 2010. Used with permission.

Dan GUrney, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2009. Copyright Tony Gallagher, 2010. Used with permission.

Born:

13 Apr 1931
Port Jefferson, New York

Nationality:

United States

Grands Prix:

86 (1959-1970)

F2 starts:

1 (1960)

Indy 500s:

9 (1962-1970)

Teams:

Eagle (1966-1969)

Sadly Dan is in very poor health nowadays. That said, he still tries to take part in his AAR projects. He entered USAC in the '70's, IMSA until the 90's and in 1996, he had a go at CART. Although his day-to-day role has ended as he is now in a wheelchair, he remains sharp-minded and still visits his business as much as possible. His business was involved in a new sportscar project in 2012 and most significantly, in 2015, Gurney's All American Racers outfit designed and built the innovative landing gear to allow an orbital spacecraft to return to Earth the way it leaves it, a monumental technological breakthrough. Lives in California and is still a frequent visitor to historic events despite his illness and fraility, and in 2008, was the Grand Marshal at the Daytona endurance event. Son Alex also raced. Gurney also served in the Korean War in the US Army. An immensely popular man, who is a gentle, patient, encouraging and positive fellow, Gurney was one of the very best racers of his generation despite never winning a F1 Championship or the Indy 500. However he won 4 F1 Grand Prix's, numerous Indycar, Can-Am, British Touring Car and NASCAR races as well as winning the Sebring 12 Hours, the Nurburgring 1000km's and the Le Mans 24 Hour races.

Biography last updated 24 Aug 2016