In the Driver’s Seat

Dan Gurney '51 zoomed toward another honor this past January. The champion race car driver, innovative race car constructor and team owner was named Grand Marshal at the prestigious Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, where he was feted at a dinner the evening prior to the event.

Gurney has been a celebrated figure on the race car track for more than 45 years. He won the first Daytona as a driver in 1962 and his second as a car builder and owner in 1993. A past Indy, NASCAR and Formula One winner, he has achieved renown as the developer of All American Racers, cars that rival the best of the European race car models. The recently published book Dan Gurney's Eagle Racing Cars (David Bull Publishing, 2007), by John Zimmermann, documents his success. As Gurney issued the starting command at the most recent Daytona—”Drivers, start your engines”—he enjoyed another high point in his career: watching his son Alex compete as a member of a racing team. For more information on Dan, check out, and