Dan-Gurney.png Full Name Daniel Sexton Gurney
Nationality American
Born 19 April 1931, Port Jefferson (USA)
Died
Website Official Website
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First Grand Prix 1959 French Grand Prix Last Grand Prix 1970 British Grand Prix
Grands Prix 86 Non-starts 1 (DNP)
Wins 4 Podiums 19
Best Finish 1st (x4) Points 133
Fastest Laps 6 Pole Positions 3
Retirements 45 Laps Led 199

Career Highlights

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

 

Dan Gurney, 1966 German Grand Prix

Biography

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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