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Dan Gurney

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Dan Gurney

Retired American racing driver, race car constructor, and team owner add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1931.

Countries: United States (24%), United Kingdom (24%), (15%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: California, Brabham, Scuderia Ferrari

Linked to: Brabham, McLaren, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Ford Motor Company




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Dan Gurney was born in 1931 add something


He was discovered to have a beautiful voice and changed his career path to become a prominent singer with the Metropolitan Opera in New York who retired in 1947 and moved the family to Riverside, California when Dan was a teenager add something


Gurney's first major break occurred in the fall of 1957, when he was invited to test Frank Arciero's Arciero Special add something


He has been a driver, a car manufacturer, and a team owner at racing's highest levels since 1958 add something


This attracted the attention of famed Ferrari North American importer Luigi Chinetti, who arranged for a factory ride for the young driver at Le Mans in 1958 add something


Cameron Argetsinger - Soon the circuit was attracting some of the world's best road racers, including Stirling Moss, Jo Bonnier, Phil Hill and Dan Gurney, for the Formula Libre races, which ran from 1958 through 1960


This performance, and others, earned him a test run in a works Ferrari, and his Formula One career began with the team in 1959 add something


In 1960 he had six non-finishes in seven races behind the wheel of a factory-prepared BRM add something


Jo Ramirez - During the 1960s and 70s Ramírez worked for several teams, including Dan Gurney's Eagle, Tyrrell, where founder Ken Tyrrell advised him to keep a diary of his time in the sport, and for Wilson and Emerson Fittipaldi in their Fittipaldi Copersucar F1 team


British Racing Motors - He was given greater responsibility in 1960 after two of the drivers, Graham Hill and Dan Gurney, went on strike and told Alfred Owen they would not drive again, and in early 1962 full executive authority was given to Tony Rudd


He came very close to scoring a maiden victory at Reims, France in 1961, but Gurney's reluctance to block Ferrari driver Giancarlo Baghetti allowed Baghetti to pass him at the finish line for the win add something


Porsche 718 - Formula One switched to a 1,5 litre formula in 1961 and Porsche entered three 718's for Dan Gurney, Hans Herrmann and Jo Bonnier


Due to the high costs of racing in F1, Porsche did not continue after the 1962 season add something


Gurney's first career start was in 1962 add something


In 1962, Gurney and Carroll Shelby began dreaming of building an American racing car to compete with the best European makes add something


In a race at Silverstone in 1962, he led the local Jaguar drivers handily until a wheel broke add something


While competing in Formula One, Gurney raced each year in the Indianapolis 500 from 1962 to 1970 add something


Colin Chapman - When American Formula One driver Dan Gurney first saw the Lotus 25 at the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, he was so struck by the advanced design that he invited Chapman to the 1962 Indianapolis 500, where Gurney made his Indy début at the wheel of a space-frame rear engined car designed by John Crosthwaite and built by American hot-rodder Mickey Thompson


While Brabham himself scored the maiden victory for his car at the 1963 Solitude race, it was Gurney again who took the team's first win in a championship race, in 1964, again at Rouen add something


Brabham - From the 1963 season, Brabham was partnered by American driver Dan Gurney, the pair now running in Australia's racing colours of green and gold


Four of his five victories came with the famed Wood Brothers, in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1968, in cars all numbered 121 add something


Gurney's popularity caused "Car and Driver" magazine to promote the idea of him running for president of the United States in 1964 add something


Goodyear's president Victor Holt suggested the name, "All American Racers", and the team was formed in 1965 add something


The Weslake V12 engine was not ready for the 1966 Grand Prix season, so the team used outdated four-cylinder 2,7-litre Coventry-Climax engines and made their first appearance in the second race of the year in Belgium add something


John Surtees - Surtees made a full recovery and competed with a T70 in the inaugural Can Am series in 1966, winning three races of six to become champion over other winners Dan Gurney , Mark Donohue and Phil Hill as well as the likes of Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon


However, the 1967 Motor Trend 500 was won by Gurney's teammate, Parnelli Jones, after Gurney retired with engine troubles add something


In 1967, after winning the 24 hours of Le Mans together with A.J. Foyt, he spontaneously sprayed champagne while celebrating on the podium add something


The serial success of the Gurney/Wood Brothers combination did not sit well with & NASCAR officials, so in 1967 Gurney signed to drive a Mercury Comet for legendary NASCAR crew chief Bud Moore add something


This circumstance produced what many observers consider the finest driving performance of his career, when a punctured tire put him nearly two laps down halfway through the 1967 Rex Mays 300 Indycar race at Riverside, California add something


With his victory in the Eagle-Weslake at the 1967 Belgian Grand Prix, Gurney earned the distinction of being the only driver in history to score maiden Grand Prix victories for three different manufacturers: Porsche, Brabham and his own All-American Racers add something


The next season the team failed to finish any of the first three races, but on June 18, 1967, Gurney took a historic victory in the Belgian Grand Prix add something


United States Grand Prix - Clark dominated the 1967 event, leading comfortably from his teammate Hill and American Dan Gurney in an Eagle


By the end of the 1968 season, Gurney was driving a McLaren-Ford add something


Gurney made numerous appearances in NASCAR Grand American stockcars, a pony car division that existed between 1968 and 1971 add something


In 1968, he finished 7th with only 5 starts add something


Perhaps the greatest tribute to Gurney's driving ability, however, was paid by the father of Scottish World Champion Jim Clark when the elder Clark took Gurney aside at his son's funeral in 1968 and confided that he was the only driver Clark had ever feared on the track add something


In 1969, he did not race in Formula One, instead racing in the USAC Championship Car series and in CanAm add something


In 1969, he finished 4th in total points, despite starting half the races of most top drivers add something


Gurney and his protege Swede Savage drove identical factory-sponsored Plymouth Barracudas in the 1970 Trans-Am Series add something


He was the sole owner, Chairman and CEO of All American Racers from 1970 until his son, Justin, assumed the title of CEO in early 2011 add something


In his swan song as a driver, in October 1970 Gurney returned for the season finale at his beloved Riverside, finishing fifth add something


McLaren - When Bruce was killed testing the 1970 season's M8D, he was at first replaced by Dan Gurney, later by Peter Gethin


Ferrari Daytona - In 1971, the Daytona gained notoriety when one was driven by Dan Gurney and Brock Yates in the inaugural Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash


In 1978, Gurney wrote an open memo to other race car owners with what is now known as the "White Letter" in which Gurney called for a series controlled more by the owners or "actual participants" than under the USAC banner add something


Team Penske - In 1978, Roger Penske along with Pat Patrick, Dan Gurney, and several other team owners who had been participating in USAC events involving cars known as Champ Cars and IndyCars formed Championship Auto Racing Teams


CART began its first full season of competition in March, 1979 and thus the first split in open wheel racing began add something


In 1980, Gurney came out of a 10-year retirement to help old friend Les Richter, the president of Riverside add something


Gene Hackman - In 1983, Hackman drove a Dan Gurney Team Toyota in the 24 Hours of Daytona Endurance Race.


Toyota Celica - In circuit racing, the Celica was raced by Dan Gurney's All American Racers team with factory backing in the IMSA GTU and GTO classes from 1983 to 1988


AAR withdrew from the CART series in 1986, but enjoyed tremendous success with & Toyota in the IMSA GTP series, where in 1992 and 1993 Toyota Eagles won 17 consecutive races, back-to-back Drivers' and Manufacturers' Championships, and wins in the endurance classics of Daytona and Sebring add something


In 1990, Gurney was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame add something


The team returned to CART as the factory & Toyota team in 1996, but left again after the 1999 season when Goodyear withdrew from the series and Toyota ended their relationship with the team add something


Vincenzo Sospiri - In 1998 Sospiri was brought on to Dan Gurney's All American Racers team as a late-season replacement for P. J. Jones and drove in the final four races of the season for the team


In 2000, Dan campaigned a Toyota Atlantic car for his son, Alex Gurney under the AAR banner add something


Alex Gurney - He won the 2007 and 2009 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype drivers' championship and is the son of racing legend Dan Gurney


The 2010 Monterey Motorsports Reunion was held in honor of Gurney add something


In 2016, in an academic paper that reported a mathematical modeling study that assessed the relative influence of driver and machine, Gurney was ranked the 14th best Formula One driver of all time add something


Gurney died from complications of pneumonia in Newport Beach, California, on January 14, 2018, at the age of 86 add something