US Racing Legend Dan Gurney Has Died Aged 86

US Racing Legend Dan Gurney Has Died Aged 86

The legendary American driver has passed away after complications with pneumonia

Motosport legend Dan Gurney has died at the age of 86 due to complications with pneumonia.

The American, born in New York, took victories in Formula One, Indy Car, NASCAR, Can-Am, Trans-Am Series, proving he was one of the most talented all-round racing drivers.

A statement from Gurney’s wife Evi and family read:

“With one last smile on his handsome face, Dan drove off into the unknown just before noon today, January 14, 2018.

“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.’”

As well as winning races in… well, everything. Gurney is also famous for ‘The Gurney flap’, a section of the rear-wing that increases downforce without a large increase in drag. He was also the first F1 driver to use a full-face helmet, doing so at the 1968 German Grand Prix.

He is survived by his wife Evi, and sons Justin, Alex, Jimmy, and Dan Jr.