Motorsport legend Dan Gurney dies at 86
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News January 15, 2018 Updated: 6:29 PM PT
American racing driver and motorsport icon Dan Gurney died Monday due to complications from pneumonia.
Gurney was known for his versatility on the track having won races in NASCAR, INDYCAR, and FORMULA ONE. Gurney also teamed up with racing legend A.J. Foyt to win the 1967 24 hours of Le Mans.
The Gurney family released a statement shorty after his passing which read: "With one last smile on his handsome face, Dan drove off into the unknown just before noon today,”
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.”
Many in the motorsport world took to social media in response to Gurney’s passing.
After making his Formula One debut in 1959 for Scuderia Ferrari and scoring his first podium, he would then move to Porsche where he took his first win at the 1962 French Grand Prix.
Gurney was a pioneer. He became the first American Formula One driver to win a Grand Prix with his own team. Gurney created the racing team All American Racers in 1964 with legendary car maker Caroll Shelby. The team competed in Champ Car and Formula One under the banner Anglo American Racers.
The team debuted at the 1966 Belgian Grand Prix where the team finished second. Gurney would return a year later and win the 1967 Belgian Grand Prix.
Gurney could have added politics to his legacy after a Car and Driver article titled “Gurney for President” in 1964 started a campaign for the then 24-year old American driver to run for office.
Before his racing legacy began Gurney served two years in the United States Army as an artillery mechanic.