Dan Gurney

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Dan Gurney
Dan Gurney (1970).jpg
Gurney in 1970
Nationality United States American
Date of birth Daniel Sexton Gurney
April 13, 1931 (1931-04-13) (age 86)
Port Jefferson, New York, US
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 19591968, 1970
Teams Ferrari, BRM, Porsche, Lotus, Brabham, Eagle, McLaren
Races 87 (86 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 4
Podiums 19
Career points 133
Pole positions 3
Fastest laps 6
First race 1959 French Grand Prix
First win 1962 French Grand Prix
Last win 1967 Belgian Grand Prix
Last race 1970 British Grand Prix

Daniel Sexton Gurney (born April 13, 1931) is a retired American racing driver, race car constructor, and team owner who reached racing's highest levels starting in 1958.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

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

Racing career[change | change source]

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.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Dan Gurney's Biography - Dan Gurney's All American Racers". allamericanracers.com. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  2. "Dan Gurney – Formula One Gallery - Dan Gurney's All American Racers". allamericanracers.com. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 

Other websites[change | change source]

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