A statement from the president of Daytona International Speedway, Chip Wile, said, “Dan's success -- and his sheer presence ... helped elevate our facility to the world-wide stature that our founder, Bill France Sr., originally envisioned.”. In 1960 he and Stirling Moss won the Nürburgring 1000 km in a “Birdcage” Maserati.

After disagreements with the team management, but with his talent already widely recognised, he joined BRM for 1960, but six retirements and a 10th place in seven grands prix – and a crash in which a spectator was killed at Zandvoort – had him looking elsewhere and joining Porsche’s new Formula One team. 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. 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. 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. 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. After Dan had graduated from high school the family moved to Riverside, southern California, and he studied at Menlo junior college. • Daniel Sexton Gurney, racing driver, racing car constructor and team owner, born 13 April 1931; died 14 January 2018, World-class racing driver and team owner who was the first to spray champagne in celebration, Dan Gurney at the Monaco Grand Prix in May 1967; the following month he was victorious at Le Mans and the Belgian Grand Prix.

Click here to signup for our daily newsletter. Evi Butz had been a personal assistant for Huschke von Hanstein before becoming a Porsche’s public relations executive. It was effective enough to become known as the “Gurney flap”. Gurney was one of the founders of the Championship Auto Racing Teams, which allowed cars with open-wheels to race from 1979 to 2008.

The Petersen salutes the All-American Racer, Dan Gurney, Rare 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Competition roars into Jay Leno's garage, The 23-window VW Bus was designed to tour the Swiss Alps, SEMA360: Toyota unveils overland Tacoma, Supra trio, Pick of the Day: 1976 BMW 2002, a sporty icon for the German brand, Phil Hill’s personal automobilia collection to be auctioned by Gooding, ‘And the reserve is off!’ ’32 Ford bidding ends November 3. A single victory in two seasons – at Rouen in 1962 – led to Porsche’s withdrawal and Gurney’s move to Jack Brabham’s new team, where he stayed for three years, winning at Rouen again in 1964 and in Mexico in the same year. The idea was regularly revived during subsequent election years. It was several years later before Dan made the call that changed their lives. “His skill in all three areas helped him make an indelible mark and serve as a huge influence in this sport. Transgender 'Big Brother' Star Rebekah Shelton Dead, 'Extremely Dangerous' Hurricane Eta Hits Nicaragua, COVID-19's Darkest, Toughest Month Is Coming, More Diabetes Medication Recalled Over Cancer Concerns, Global Stocks Surge, Dollar Slumps As Americans Head To Polls, The Possibilities AND the Pitfalls of Remote Work, 10 Of America's Top CEOs Talk with IBT's Social Capital About How To Be Authentic. “In deepest sorrow, with gratitude in our hearts for the love and joy you have given us during your time on this earth, we say, ‘Godspeed,’” it added. Gurney married Evi Butz, first a personal assistant to and then head of the Porsche Press Department under Porsche Motorsport chief Huschke von Hanstein in the 1960s. A tall, handsome figure, he was so greatly admired and widely liked that in 1964 the US magazine Car and Driver attempted to nominate him for the US presidential elections, only to discover that he was too young to challenge Lyndon B Johnson and Barry Goldwater (candidates have to be 35 or older). The statement from Evi, the Gurney family and the All American Racing (AAR) teammates said, “With one last smile on his handsome face, Dan drove off into the unknown just before noon today .”. Halfway through the following season he switched to McLaren, before sitting out the 1969 season. It was not Gurney’s only lasting innovation.

After 12 years, Crane took his family back to Los Angeles to create his dream magazine, AUTO Aficionado, which attracted an impressive cadre of the most influential members of the collector car hobby until the national economy made that one impossible to continue. In 2011 he handed the chief executive’s role to his son Justin. "It was 1970, my second time at the race. He also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1967 by collaborating with A.J. He also took McLaren’s place at the wheel of a giant CanAm sports car at Mosport in Ontario and won the race. 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. Gurney and his wife, Evi Butz Gurney, who was a junior executive in the public relations/press department of Porsche in Stuttgart, personal assistant to Huschke von Hanstein and a well-known motorsports journalist in Germany during the sixties, have been married since 1969. Gurney’s wife, Evi Butz Gurney, announced the legend's death in a statement and said the funeral ceremony will be conducted privately according to Gurney’s wish.

Seven days after his success at Le Mans, Gurney drove an Eagle Weslake, built by his own British-based team, initially called Anglo American Racers, to victory in the Belgian Grand Prix on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, making him the first American to win a world championship grand prix at the wheel of a car he had built. By the end of the decade Shelby, Gregory, Hill and Gurney would all have made their way to Europe, where they competed in Formula One and sports cars. 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. After a WestPac stint in the Navy, he was offered a position redesigning Motor Trend magazine. Gurney was handed the victors’ usual bottle of champagne but, instead of drinking it, gave it a shake before aiming a spray of foaming liquid at the spectators gathered to acclaim his triumph, thus inaugurating a style of celebration that became universally adopted. Daniel Sexton Gurney’s father retired from a career in the aural glories of opera and moved his family to the wind-pushed murmurs of the citrus-covered foothills of Riverside, California. Evi and Dan Met when Dan was racing Formula 1 for Porsche in 1961 and ’62. In Formula One, Gurney drove for racing teams which included Ferrari, Porsche, BRM and Braham and he also formed his own racing team later.

Dan was a giant in the racing world in every sense.

“As a driver, this man helped establish the speedway as a pre-eminent road-racing circuit. He won the Belgian Grand Prix in 1967 with a car he designed himself. He is survived by his second wife, Evi Butz, a former Porsche public relations executive, whom he married in 1969, and by their two sons, Justin and Alex; by three sons, Daniel Jr, John and James, and a daughter, Lyndee, from his first marriage, to Arleo Bodie; and by eight grandchildren. 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. In 1968, he became the first driver to use a full-face helmet in a grand prix. He had 51 victories to his name. And when the application of aerodynamic theory was still in its infancy among designers of racing cars, he created a raised edge of metal fixed along a car’s rear wing, increasing the available downforce without incurring a significant penalty in terms of drag. Add your own books by or about Evi Butz Gurney to the database. American racing legend Dan Gurney died at the age of 86 due to conditions of pneumonia. It was one of four grands prix he won in a Formula One career encompassing 86 races between 1959 and 1970, beginning with Ferrari and taking in the works teams of BRM, Porsche, Brabham and McLaren. They have two sons and live in Newport Beach, California. Our sincere condolences and prayers are with his wife, Evi, and the entire Gurney family. He was one of the first drivers to use a racing helmet. He said he was inspired by the late American racing legend. Dan and I were staying at the Holiday Inn in Speedway and leading a decidedly unglamorous life. Dan Gurney, the first race car driver to win all the three major competitions — Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR, died Sunday at the age of 86 due to complications from pneumonia. At his 85th birthday party in April 2016, his sons presented him with the Eagle in which he had beaten Clark to win the Rex Mays 300 at Riverside in 1967, now meticulously restored.

Apart from Gurney, Mario Andretti and Juan Pablo Montoya were the only other drivers to win races in all the three competitions. Browse books by or related to Evi Butz Gurney in the database. 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. Through Luigi Chinetti, Ferrari’s Italian distributor and a good talent scout, Gurney drove one of Enzo Ferrari’s cars at Le Mans for the first time in 1958 and was given a seat in the grand prix team the following year, finishing second to his teammate Tony Brooks in the German Grand Prix, held on the high-speed AVUS track in Berlin.

Gurney left racing after retiring from the sport in 1970.

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