Dan Gurney

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  1. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

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  2. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    RIP, Dan Gurney. Another loss to the racing world.
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  3. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    The American Eagle "RIP"
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  4. aunty dive

    aunty dive Team Owner

    One of my boyhood heroes.

    RIP, sir.
  5. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

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  6. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Wow. WTF?
  7. Revman

    Revman I'm just here so I don't get fined.

    A racing legend. A friend to Toyota. An innovator. A racer. Awesomeness. RIP.
  8. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    Not only a great driver and a brilliant man, but pure class. A pillar of American motorsports history is gone. Godspeed, Dan. You were an inspiration and a role model to generations. :lilangel:
  9. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    He was a giant, a true legend of motorsports. Unlike so many of his contemporaries, he was fortunate to live a full life and the world was fortunate to have hjm. RIP.
  10. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Racer, innovator right up until the end of his life. One of my hero's.
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  11. jws926

    jws926 I need to think of something new for here

    Sad day for motorsports, RIP Dan
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  12. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

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  13. Pat

    Pat Team Owner

    R.I.P. pray.gif
  14. StandOnIt

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  15. Zerkfitting

    Zerkfitting Team Owner

    He was one of the legends of racing.
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  16. LewTheShoe

    LewTheShoe Team Owner

    One of the true giants of racing, and a hero to me for nearly 60 years. I remember that race at Spa, no TV, just articles in Road & Track. The Nascar wins at Riverside. Using the starter motor to chug across the finish line at Daytona to win the sports car race. The Eagles at Indy. Godspeed Dan Gurney.
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  17. harkin

    harkin SoCal Race Fan

    The man in my avatar - the Western 500 at Riverside seems like a thousand years ago. He won it five times, four driving for the Wood Brothers.

    He was famous for his bad luck with cars breaking down but still found ways to win.

    He was so good on American tracks that word got all the way to Europe, they came over and checked him out and he got a Grand Prix ride. Jimmy Clark said he was the only driver he feared.

    Wear a full helmet? Gurney was first.

    Spray champagne from the winners podium? Gurney was first.

    “In 1967 he had what might have very well been the greatest three-week span for any man to ever hold a steering wheel, when he started second in the Indianapolis 500; won the 24 Hours of Le Mans while co-driving with A.J. Foyt, the man who'd just beaten him at Indy; and then traveled north to win the F1 Belgian Grand Prix in a car of his own construction, still the only American to do so....

    ...In 1971, one year after he'd retired from formal competition to focus on life as a team owner, he was coaxed off the bench by racing writer Brock Yates to participate in the still-new Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. They won the highly illegal secret event's second running, using a Ferrari Daytona to cover 2,863 miles in just under 36 hours, receiving only one speeding ticket. "At no time did we exceed 175 mph” deadpanned Gurney.”

  18. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

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