Dan Gurney: A racing career and character in pictures

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Mario Andretti and Juan Pablo Montoya are the only other drivers to have scored wins in Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR.

He also ran his own team, All American Racers for which he won the 1967 Belgian Grand Prix in the attractive Eagle-Weslake, a vehicle of his own design.

Inarguably one of the most superfluous, unnecessary introductions in history, the tall man with the bemused look stuck out his hand and said, "Hi, I'm Dan Gurney".

Gurney had built cars - badged "Eagle" - which were raced by the likes of Bruce McLaren and Geoff Brabham across F1 and Indy respectively, as well as having driven them himself.

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Here are six reasons race vehicle driver, designer, auto owner Dan Gurney, who died Sunday at age 86, is one of the most significant and legendary figures in American motorsports history.

His death was announced by his wife Evi and his family, who said in a statement: "With one last smile on his handsome face, Dan drove off into the unknown just before noon, 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, '" it added.

That victory at the French Grand Prix was the first of four F1 wins, while he also triumphed in the 1967 Le Mans 24 Hours.

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'He understood me better than anyone else, which is why he wrote the foreword for my book in 2001 £DanGurneyHasFinishedTheRace'. "I don't know if there is another competitor that I respected more than I did him".

Gurney left racing after retiring from the sport in 1970.

"RIP Dan Gurney, arguably the greatest American driver of all time". "But in the case of Dan, he was a true legend of our sport".

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