As if to emulate the sound-driven success of his father, Dan quickly joined the local fraternity of open-pipe hot-rod engine builders and dry lakes-record chasers. Then came two seasons with the F1 Eagle Weslake, its chassis and body designed in California and built in England and its V12 engine created by the British designer Aubrey Woods and built in East Sussex by the Weslake company.
Gurney was one of the founders of the Championship Auto Racing Teams, which allowed cars with open-wheels to race from 1979 to 2008. He said he was inspired by the late American racing legend. Here, Dan Gurney attends the Goodwood Revival 2012 in Chichester, United Kingdom, Sep. 16, 2012.
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And ever since, he has enriched our motorsport history. Dan was a giant in the racing world in every sense. Gurney was born in Port Jefferson, Long Island, the first of the two children of John Gurney, a star bass baritone singer with the Metropolitan Opera whose own father, FW Gurney, had invented a type of ball bearing to which he gave his name, and Roma Sexton, a former art student. His team, retitled All American Racers, went on to win many races and championships under his supervision, including the Indy 500 three times in the hands of Bobby Unser (twice) and Gordon Johncock, as well as the Sebring 12 Hours and the Daytona 24 Hours. Evi Gurney recalls the “good old days,” including the "rattlesnake grandstand" and sneaking into Gasoline Alley in the backseat of a rental car, hidden under one of Dan’s uniforms. Car books and magazines represented most of his reading experience. In 1968, he became the first driver to use a full-face helmet in a grand prix. On his return, he made his racing debut at Torrey Pines, San Diego, in a Triumph TR2 before driving the Maserati-engined Arciero Special to second place at the first Riverside Grand Prix, the inaugural meeting of the Riverside International Raceway, behind Carroll Shelby but ahead of Masten Gregory, Walt Hansgen and Phil Hill. In 1960 he and Stirling Moss won the Nürburgring 1000 km in a “Birdcage” Maserati.
President of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), Scott Atherton in a statement said, “The word 'legend' can sometimes be overused, but in describing Daniel Sexton Gurney, it's the only word that fits .”, Atherton continued, “Dan Gurney was an American racing legend who accomplished nearly all there was to accomplish as a driver in our sport, from sports cars to NASCAR, Indy cars to Formula One. Dan Gurney was twice married: first to Arleo Bodie, with whom he had three sons and a daughter; then to Evi Butz, with whom he had two more sons. He was at the start of the most remarkable week of his career in the cockpit when, on a Sunday afternoon in June 1967, he mounted the podium at Le Mans alongside AJ Foyt, with whom he had shared the winning Ford GT40 Mk IV in the famous 24-hour race. According to a report by ESPN, Gurney won four Formula One races, five NASCAR competitions and seven IndyCar races from the years 1962 to 1970. Halfway through the following season he switched to McLaren, before sitting out the 1969 season. Gurney was born in Port Jefferson, Long Island, ... Evi Butz, a former Porsche public relations executive, whom he married in 1969, and by their … If his grand prix statistics never quite lived up to his initial promise, his career in US motor sport, particularly as a team owner, was one of enormous distinction in several series, including the IMSA GTP class, in which his Toyota Eagles won 17 races in a row in 1992-93, capturing the drivers’ and constructors’ titles in both seasons. FromVintage Racer he joined Road & Track and then David E. Davis Jr., asked him to help create a new kind of car magazine, Automobile.
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