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AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA - MARCH 10, 2012 - Bob Bondurant, racing driver and businessman poses for a portrait at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, in Amelia Island, Florida on March 10, 2012. (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA - MARCH 10, 2012 - Bob Bondurant, racing driver and businessman poses for a portrait at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, in Amelia Island, Florida on March 10, 2012. (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)

Sad News – Bob Bondurant 

America’s iconic World Champion Bob Bondurant has passed away in Paradise Valley, Arizona. He is survived by his wife, Pat. Bondurant is the only American to bring home the World Championship trophy back to the U.S. while racing for Carroll Shelby. He won his class at Le Mans and has been inducted into ten motorsports halls of fame. Bondurant Racing School was founded in 1968 and has graduated celebrities for car movies like James GarnerPaul NewmanTom CruiseNicholas Cage, and Christian Bale, along with over 500,000 graduates from around the world. His legacy will remain with us forever.

From the age of 23 to 34, Bob became one of the most iconic race car drivers in the world. He had won the National Corvette Title, Le Mans GT, the World Championship, and the Baja 500… Between 1961 and 1963, he won 30 out of 32 races in Corvettes. Bob is the first and only American to bring the World SportsCar Championship trophy home to America in the legendary Shelby Daytona Coupe #26. He then rose to the highest level in racing with Ferrari in Formula 1 and prototypes.

Bondurant left the Formula 1 race series to race the even faster Can-Am cars with best friend and team driver, Peter Revson, in the Lola T70 Mark II. In 1967, a fateful race at Watkins Glen changed his entire career, and the Bondurant School was born. His steering arm broke at 150mph, and, lying in traction at the hospital, he vividly remembers his conversation with God explaining to Bob that he was needed more on Earth and to start a driving and safety school to save thousands of lives of those otherwise dying on the highways and in motorsports.

Answering the call, on February 14, 1968, Bob founded The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. For 50 years, it earned and held a reputation as the number-one racing school in the world, crediting Bob as “the global expert authority on driver training and safety.” Using his notorious racing skills, he copyrighted “The Bondurant Method.” Personally, he taught his hand-selected instructors how to educate the world to be better drivers.

Bob Bondurant has had a worldwide impact on the motorsports industry, and his legacy will live on eternally as the Bondurant Racing School moves forward into the future.

His wife Pat is the President and CEO of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving dba/ BONDURANT RACING SCHOOL and is carrying his legacy forward into the future.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to Team USA Scholarships. More information can be requested from jshaw@teamusascholarship.org.

— Bondurant Racing School —