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Dan Gurney

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Dan Gurney
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Born: 13 April 1931
Died: 14 January 2018

Former race car driver and owner of All American Racers.

Accomplishments include:
1967 24 Hours of Le Mans winner

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Dan Gurney page on 18 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Daniel Sexton Gurney was an American racing driver, race car constructor, and team owner who reached racing's highest levels starting in 1958.

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 cars (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, which thereafter became a custom at many motorsports events. As owner of All American Racers, he 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.


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Dan Gurney 1961 United States Grand Prix His hopes for second place fading fast, Salvadori drops back as car begins to limp in second-to-last lap. Gurney (#12) punches Porsche to close up gap between he and Ireland, didn't have sufficient laps left.
Watkins Glen
Today's Motor Sports, January 1962
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Dan Gurney 1961 Pacific Grand Prix Gurney on his way to setting new track record of 1:14.8. Flagman does neat "torrero" bit.
Pacific Coast G.P.
Today's Motor Sports, January 1962
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Dan Gurney 1961 Pacific Grand Prix Dan Gurney storms past the Maser of George Koehne.
Pacific Coast G.P.
Today's Motor Sports, January 1962
View photo of Dan Gurney at the 1961 Pacific Grand Prix - 4.4MB
Dan Gurney 1961 Pacific Grand Prix Gendebien in 2-liter Lotus with Gurney snapping at his tail. Gurney lapped the Belgian.
Pacific Coast G.P.
Today's Motor Sports, January 1962
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Autolite Dan Gurney Advertisement Autolite
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August 1965
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1968 Olsonite Eagle Dan Gurney Model 1968 Olsonite Eagle
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2009 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
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1968 Olsonite Eagle Dan Gurney Model 1968 Olsonite Eagle
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1968 Olsonite Eagle Dan Gurney Model 1968 Olsonite Eagle
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1968 Olsonite Eagle Dan Gurney Model 1968 Olsonite Eagle
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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
16 December 1997CART Media ConferenceAlex Barron
Dan Gurney
16 October 2001CART Media ConferenceDan Gurney
Max Papis


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - GMP G1801511Dan Gurney Lola T70 Mk.3B1:18 scale, dark blue #36, Production: 1,002
Model Kit - MPC 6026Dan Gurney's Olsonite Eagle#48
Model Kit - AMT T154Dan Gurney Indy 500 Lotus1:25 scale, Lotus 29, 1963 Indianapolis 500


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