Legendary driver, car owner and car builder Dan Gurney passed away at the age of 86 on Sunday. Gurney won the inaugural Daytona Continental in 1962, which is known today as the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA
“Dan Gurney’s name is synonymous with Daytona International Speedway. Champion of the first major sports car race at the speedway in 1962, Dan’s success – and his sheer presence – helped elevate our facility to the world-wide stature that our founder, Bill France Sr., originally envisioned. As a driver, this man helped establish the speedway as a preeminent road-racing circuit. Years later as a champion car owner in IMSA, he helped cement the speedway’s legacy in that regard. We all are fortunate to have crossed his path.
“Godspeed Dan Gurney, and thoughts and prayers to all his family and friends.”