Former Formula 1 driver Dan Gurney has died at the age of 86.
The F1, Nascar and Indycar race winner passed away on Sunday, due to complications from pneumonia. His family released a statement on Sunday to announce the news of his death:
“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.’”
The American driver made his debut in Formula 1 in 1959, racing for the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, Brabham and McLaren, as well as racing as his own manufacturer – ‘Eagle’, which made its debut in 1965. He would take four wins throughout his career, including one driving his own car at the 1967 Belgian Grand Prix.
He would act as CEO of Eagle between 1970 & 2011, when his son took over the reins, with wins coming over the years in the Indy 500, the Daytona 24 Hours and IMSA.
Dan Gurney is survived by his wife Evi and his four sons Justin, Jimmy, Alex & Dan.