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Dan Gurney


Dan Gurney (Auto racing.  Born, Port Jefferson, NY, Apr. 13, 1931.)  During his 15-year career, Daniel Sexton Gurney became justly known as one of the best and most versatile race car drivers produced in America.  His win in the 1967 Belgium Grand Prix, driving his own Eagle, was the first Grand Prix victory by an American in 46 vears.  Gurney started driving professionally in 1955 and in 1963 won the Manufacturers’ 500 in New York.  In 1964, he ranked sixth in the world (the highest of any U.S. driver) and also won the Grand Prix races at Rouen, France, and Mexico City.  In 1966, when Bridgehampton, L.I., was one of the major stops on the world racing tour, Gurney won that segment of the Can-Am series (Sports Car Club of America).  In 1967 and 1968 he was again the highest-ranking American in the world Grand Prix standings.  By the time of his retirement in 1970, Gurney had won 37 races in 18 countries on 25 different car makes and had finished second twice in the Indianapolis 500.  He won seven Formula I races, five NASCAR stock events and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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