Dan Gurney

One of the most iconic figures in racing history has sadly passed away

Dan Gurney, the American racing legend who was the first driver to win in Formula One, NASCAR and IndyCar, died Sunday. He was 86.

The IndyCar racing legend, Bobby Rahal, also mourned Gurney's death on Twitter.


Gurney was one of the most accomplished figures in motorsports history, racing across multiple series and authoring a report that urged the overhaul of open wheel racing.

Racer.com said it received an email from Gurney's wife, Evi, that confirmed his death:

With one last smile on his handsome face, Dan drove off into the unknown just before noon today, January 14, 2018," Gurney's wife Evi and family said in a statement. "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.

Gurney was also a team owner and manufacturer. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990.