Few racers have had the career that Dan Gurney has enjoyed. The iconic racer has driven just about every kind of car for just about every team. While that is a bit of an exaggeration, it isn’t all that far from the truth. His racing career has spanned the 1950’s and 1960’s, a golden age for racing, and his fluid driving style and sparing use of the brakes to him to a number of podium finishes.

AutoWeek reports that the recently-renamed Relex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (formerly the Monterey Historics Automobile Race) chose to celebrate Gurney for their inaugural career.

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Dan Gurney got his start racing a tiny Triumph TR2 in 1955. He would end up racing Ferraris, Porsches, a BRM, and eventually teamed up with Shelby to bring the world the infamous Cobra. He also raced for Ford-Mercury, signing his name on to the new (for 1967) Mercury Cougar, and helping take it to a 2nd place victory behind the Mustang in the ’67 Trans Am series. During his career, he would end up racing in 51 different cars and taking 51 victories, with another 47 podium finishes according to AllAmericanRacers.

Gurney will be celebrated as Monterey changes its name a year early. Under new ownership, it looks like the historic races will continue to draw four hundred entrants in 14 classes from across the country. Historic races often feature period-correct cars, and Dan Gurney is sure to recognize a few of the cars he once drove. The Reunion will take place on August 7th and 8th at Laguna Seca Raceway.

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