What We Do:
Christian Bale, Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Paul Newman, Robert Wagner, Clint Eastwood, Tim Allen, Tommy Lee Jones, William Shatner, Owen Wilson, David Arquette, Jason Priestley, James Brolin, Regina King, Gene Hackman, Katie Holmes, Paris Hilton.
50 Cent, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Dave Navarro, Ice Cube, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Fat Joe
Sean White, Terrell Owens, Walter Payton, Bruce Jenner, Mia Hamm, Bucky Lasek, Charles Woodson, Dwight Clark, Dhani Jones, Gabrielle Reece, Martin Brodeur, Michael Strahan, Michael Brock, Robin Yount, Simeon Rice, MLB World Champions the Diamondbacks
Adam Carolla, Jimmy Kimmel, Maria, Menounos, Pat O’Brien, Diane Sawyer, Jamie Little, LeeAnn Tweeden, Robin Quiver
Chase Elliot, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Robby Gordon, Rusty Wallace, Brian Vickers, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Bobby Hamilton, Brad Keselowski, Davey Allison, Bill Elliot, Bobby Hamilton, Brett Bodine, Elliot Sadler, Greg Biffle, JJ Yeley, Kyle Petty, Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd, Sterling Marlin, Terry Labonte, Michael McDowell (more to be added)
Ron Fellows, Scott Pruitt, Swede Savage, Terry Borcheller, Darren Law, Andy Lee, Bill Saunders, Brian Simo, Butch Leitzinger, Tommy Kindall, Wayne Taylor, David Donohue, Price Cobb, Johnny O’Connell, Max Angelelli, Michael McDowell, Rhys Millen, Rocky Moran, Ross Thompson
Pirelli World Challenge, Imsa, Indie Car Shootout, Certified SCCA School
Datsun, Porsche, Ford, Chevrolet, GM, Dodge, Viper, Fiat, Goodyear, Borla, Eibach, Motortrend, Forza Motorsport, Odyssey Battery, Performance Friction Brakes, Center Force, Tremec, Mobile 1, Shell, Mothers, Bell, ACDelco, Corbeau, B&M, FTE
NBC Sports, ESPN, Speed, Fuel TV, NBC, ABC, Cox, Discovery, Versus, HBO, FOX News, CNN, Jetset Magazine, US Airways, Autoweek, Highline Autos, Corvette, Sports Illustrated, Racer, Super Chevy, Go Racing, Barrett Jackson, Arizona Foothills, Trends, Scottsdale Lifestyle, Phoenix Business Journal, AZ Republic
History of the School
On February 14th, 1968, with one leg still in a cast from his Watkins Glen McLaren Mark II CanAm racing accident, Bob Bondurant beat the odds after being told he would never walk again. He founded the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving at Orange County Raceway where his 3rd and 4th students were Paul Newman and Robert Wagner for the movie “Winning”.
The World Champion American, Bob Bondurant, took a big risk for the times when he opened the school by specifically choosing the controversial Asian car maker, Datsun 240Z and a small fleet of Porsche 911 and 918s.
In 1971, Bob was lured into bringing his now already famous driving school to the brand-new Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, CA. Although, the deal was a dream situation for Bondurant, that was until Bob was able to purchase Sears Point Raceway and move the school in 1973, maintaining the school’s residency there until 1990. Bob was courted by Ford Motor Company to go with the Ford lineup of Mustangs. Ford found it only fitting that since Bob won the Le Mans Gt Class and a year later, the World Manufacturers Sportscar Championship in cars powered by Ford, that the partnership was destined. The school cars were primarily Cobra Mustangs.
In 1990, now famous for his driving school, Bob had successfully designed the only dedicated training facility in the world, proudly located on the Gila River Indian Community in Phoenix, AZ. Bob continued his relationship with Ford until 2003, where he was given an ultimatum to sell his school to a buyer of their choice, or to lose their sponsorship. He immediately turned in the direction of the cars he started his racing heritage with, CORVETTES.
Bob’s successful history with Corvettes placed him the Corvette Hall of Fame for winning 30 of 32 races, coming in 2nd in the two he didn’t win, and winning the East and West Coast National Championship. He also raced the 1967 Stingray at Le Mans, leading the race until the 13th hour, before the wrist pin broke, resulting in a DNF. Bob stayed with the Corvettes until their demise in bankruptcy in 2015, forcing him for the first time to purchase the fleet, without being given prior knowledge that a second Corvette school had been launched the next state over. This decision by Chevrolet forced an unhealthy cannibalism of both school’s success being in such close proximity to one another. Bob then handed over the reins of the School to President and wife, Pat Bondurant, who grew up a Mopar girl, owning a Barracuda her senior year in high school following with a lineup of high horsepower sports cars until she met her famous husband, Bob. In 2015, Pat secured an $11 million dollar deal with the Dodge President, Tim Kuniskis, in less than 15 days to bring on the Vipers and the Hellcats with a surprise unveiling at SEMA.
The Bondurants agreed that although the Dodge contract had been breached when they stopped manufacturing the Viper, the Hellcats were a car they were determined to show America that this was a true American muscle car that proved to be one of the best school training cars in the Bondurant history.
In late 2018, Pat and Bob Bondurant found themselves embroiled in an unfortunate and unforeseen family business situation where they were victimized as a result of a power struggle and attempted character assaults perpetrated by certain close family members looking to take over the company. You can read more about it HERE (AP Wire Press Release) and HERE (Forbes).
In less than a year’s time, enough financial and infrastructural damage had taken place to force the legendary racing school into Chapter 11 protection. As a resulting worse-case scenario, the school’s assets were sold off in 2019.
The current operators of the formerly leased facility have renamed the facility and have no affiliation with Bob Bondurant or the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving/ Bondurant Racing School.
The Bondurants intend to reopen their school under an all-new ownership and management structure, at an exciting new location, and are currently entertaining investor inquiries on opportunities to purchase the Bondurant Trademark License Rights.
Bob Bondurant’s History
“ADVERSITY CAUSES SOME MEN TO BREAK; OTHERS TO BREAK RECORDS THAT WILL FOREVER LEAVE A LEGACY.” -Bob Bondurant
This is our history, and our soul. It all began with one man, born with a fearless craving for speed, and the natural talent to achieve it.
Bob Bondurant was a sight to behold as he piloted the iconic land-rockets of auto racing’s glory days through the famed turns of Daytona, Monaco, Le Mans and so many more.
He raced and won against the best, for teams like Ferrari, McLaren, BRM Eagles, Shelby American, and Corvette. Some days it seemed there wasn’t a driver alive that could beat Bob Bondurant.
But one day, hard luck caught him in a corner. At 150 miles per hour, his McLaren snapped a steering arm, flipping him eight times. Bob’s racing days were over, but what he did next gave motor sports fans the thrill of their lives.
Established in 1968, The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving
- Motorcycle racer
- SCCA National Corvette Champion
- World Manufacturers Champion Driver/Winner
- Le Mans Winner GT
- Formula One Ferrari, BRM, Eagle, Lotus
- CanAm McLaren
- Baja 500 Champion
- Founded the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving
- Copyrighted the Bondurant Method
- Trained Professional Drivers, Celebrities, Executive & Government Special Operations, Corporate America, Auto Enthusiasts, Teens
- Technical Advisor, Instructor, and Stuntman for Hollywood
- Inducted into 10 Hall of Fames
Pat Bondurant’s History
Pat Bondurant has earned her stripes and has proven her leadership in the automotive industry and is extraordinarily proud to lead the Bondurant brand from 2010 to the future. Her dedication is to bring a Bondurant 2.0 team forward
“As President and CEO since 2010, I learned how to run the school through the eyes of Bob Bondurant. With a fantastic team, I led the Bondurant School to higher levels than it had ever experienced in its history, and despite an unforeseen pitstop, my marching orders from the World Champion himself are, ‘I want the Bondurant School to live on forever’ and that’s exactly what I plan to do.” -Pat Bondurant
Pat Bondurant has served as the school’s President and CEO since 2010. Pat is Bondurant’s leader and visionary, driving the company into its new imminent direction, GLOBAL.
- Tennis and Archery Champion
- Runway model/Ford Commercials/TV Personality
- NASA/TBE-Challenger Space Shuttle
- United Technologies Architectural Senior Designer
- Pat Ward Development/Consulting, Owner
- National Architectural Design Award Winner
- Sedona NOW Network TV Station, Co-owner
- Most Influential Phoenician
- HOPE Award
- Women of Achievement
- Most Notable Women
- Women Who Move the Valley
- Fabulous Phoenician Trendsetter
- National Building Design Mayoral Award
- State Archery Champion
- Board Member of Childhelp and PTSD Foundation
- 2018 St Jude Honoree
- Croziers Chairwoman
- Kids In Focus Ambassador
- Treasure House Board Member
- Honored Philanthropist, raised millions for local charities