With Dan Gurney's passing on Sunday, his friends, those he raced with and against, and the many who were greatly influenced by the iconic driver, engineer, and race car constructor took time to share their thoughts in more than three hours of interviews.
“Gurney set the standard for all of us,” said racing impresario Roger Penske. “No one will represent us the way Dan did in F1.”
“You could always call Dan and ask what we should do,” said Mario Andretti, the greatest race car driver of all time. “His legacy is across borders. His name and what he meant to our sport will live forever. He called me his friend, and I called him my friend. That’s huge for me.”
“Dan was an innovator and a tinkerer,” said Edsel Ford II. “He was very much to me, a lot like my great grandfather Henry Ford.”
To complement the growing number of written tributes, enjoy an audio feature filled with reflections and stories of Gurney—from the invention of the Gurney Flap to seeking advice from 1961 Formula 1 world champion Phil Hill on how to become a professional driver—with contributions from A.J. Foyt, David Brabham, Derek Hill, Parnelli Jones, P.J. Jones, Robin Miller, Paul Pfanner, Bobby Rahal, Willy T. Ribbs, Bobby Unser, Bob Varsha, Andretti, Ford, and Penske.