Today we remember motorsport legend Bob Bondurant, who passed away at the age of 88. Whether it’s winning races on the international stage or coaching some of the greatest drivers in history, Bob Bondurant’s impact on motorsport and the automotive world is immeasurable. It was Bondurant who brought Carol Shelby’s Dayton to a category victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Bondurant was at the helm of the Ford GT40 MkI at Le Mans as well as an accomplished F1 driver. Today we remember Bondurant’s positive impact on the world of motorsport and his prolific teaching which opened up the world of high performance driving to so many.
Bondurant began his racing career in the 1960s in California where he faced other legends like Carol Shelby and Dan Gurney. He started driving Corvettes and eventually switched to Shelby Cobras in the mid-1960s. Driving the Shelby Dayton Coupé, Bondurant solidified his name as a motorsport legend where he took a class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
From there, Bondurant raced in F1 in legendary teams like Ferrari, BRM and AAR. His best career result was fourth place in Monaco for BRM. Sadly, an accident at Watkins Glenn ended Bondurant’s racing career. This prompted him to start training drivers and give birth to the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving which opened in 1968. The early students included actors like Paul Newman and Robert Wagner who had a lifelong love. date for motorsport.
Today we remember Bob Bondurant as a man who was successful both on the race track and in the classroom. His school has trained hundreds of thousands of students and helped make high performance driving and motorsport more accessible.