|Full Name||Daniel Sexton Gurney|
|Born||19 April 1931, Port Jefferson (USA)|
|First Grand Prix||1959 French Grand Prix||Last Grand Prix||1970 British Grand Prix|
|Grands Prix||86||Non-starts||1 (DNP)|
|Best Finish||1st (x4)||Points||133|
|Fastest Laps||6||Pole Positions||3|
|1959||Formula 1, Scuderia Ferrari Dino V6 246, 4 races, 2 podiums, 13 points, 7th overall|
|1960||Formula 1, Owen Racing Organisation BRM 4cyl P48, 7 races, 0 points, Not Classified|
|1961||Formula 1, Porsche F4 718/787, 8 races, 3 podiums, 21 points, 4th overall|
|1962||Formula 1, Porsche F8 804 / ATWS Lotus BRM V8 24, 7 races, 1 win, 2 podiums, 15 points, 5th overall|
|1963||Formula 1, Brabham Climax V8 BT7, 10 races, 3 podiums, 19 points, 5th overall|
|1964||Formula 1, Brabham Climax V8 BT7, 10 races, 2 wins, 19 points, 6th overall|
|1965||Formula 1, Brabham Climax V8 BT11, 9 races, 5 podiums, 25 points, 4th overall|
|1966||Formula 1, AAR Eagle Climax V8 / Weslake V12 Mk1, 8 races, 4 points, 12th overall|
|1967||Formula 1, AAR Eagle Weslake Mk1, 11 races, 1 win, 2 podiums, 13 points, 8th overall|
|Le Mans 24 Hours, Shelby-American Ford GT40, 1st overall with AJ Foyt
|1968||Formula 1, AAR Eagle Weslake V12 Mk1 / McLaren Ford V8 M7A, 8 races, 3 points, 21st overall|
|Formula 1, Brabham Repco V8 BT24, 1 race, 0 points|
|Indianapolis 500, AAR Eagle Ford, 2nd overall|
|1969||Indianapolis 500, AAR Eagle Ford, 2nd overall|
|1970||Formula 1, McLaren Ford V8 M14A, 3 races, 1 point, 24th overall|
|Indianapolis 500, AAR Eagle Offenhauser, 3rd overall|
Along with Mario Andretti, Dan Gurney would rank among America’s all-time greatest ever racing drivers, even though the statistics would paint a vast gulf between the two in terms of results.
What made Dan stand out from his compatriots is that he built his own car – the beautiful Anglo American Racers Eagle – and won in it.
Motor racing ambitions were temporarily delayed when he was called up to serve in the Korean War, but he returned home after service and bought himself a Triumph TR2 to race.
As his experience improved, so too did the range of cars in which he competed, and by 1959 he found himself making his F1 debut for Ferrari, impressively finishing twice on the podium in his first three outings for the Scuderia.
Incredibly, he wasn’t held onto tight enough by Ferrari for the 1960 season, and he was instead representing BRM and moved to the infinitely more reliable Porsche for 1961. Third overall in the 1961 standings despite no race victories was an impressive feat, but he did make it to the top of the podium in 1962 at Rouen.
Indeed, the French circuit was a happy hunting ground for Gurney, as he won there again two years later driving a Brabham, ending the 1964 season with another win at the season-closing Mexican Grand Prix.
His tenure with Brabham saw him challenge the great Jim Clark, but unable to take the title on any occasion.
So in 1966 he set up his own team with the beautiful dark blue Eagle, and by 1967 the Weslake-powered T1G had powered him to victory at Spa Francorchamps.
In many respects, it was one of the few highlights with his eponymous team in F1, with the car breaking down far too often.
Despite a couple of brief appearances for McLaren after Bruce McLaren’s untimely death, his F1 racing days were sadly over, and he concentrated on competing in the American motor racing series’ for a further decade before retiring and later taking up a role running his own team in the Indy Racing League.
Despite his considerable years, Gurney is still active in motorsport circles. A major force behind the DeltaWing concept car, his dream of seeing it race was realised at the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours.
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