Grand Prix Association Statement on the Passing of Dan Gurney

STATEMENT BY JIM MICHAELIAN, PRESIDENT & CEO OF GRAND PRIX ASSOCIATION OF LONG BEACH, ON THE PASSING OF LEGENDARY DRIVER DAN GURNEY:

“The employees and fans of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach are truly saddened to hear of the passing of racing legend Dan Gurney.  As well as being an icon in the world of motorsports, he was one of the founders of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, and single handedly responsible for providing credibility in the effort to conduct the first modern street race in America in 1975.   Dan was also a longtime Association board member and, true to his competitive spirit, won numerous Toyota Pro/Celebrity races on our city streets.  We thank his wife, Evi, and the entire Gurney family for sharing Dan with us for all these years.  Dan’s phenomenal racing record, indomitable spirit and contributions to our success will not be forgotten.”