PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On the fiftieth anniversary of his win at the 24 hours of Le Mans, racing legend Bob Bondurant was inducted into the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Hall of Fame. Accompanied by wife Pat, the founder of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving was celebrated for his contribution to motorsports on March 8, at a banquet in Charlotte, N.C.
Banquet emcee Greg Creamer introduced the 2014 Class to those at the dinner. During his speech, Bondurant entertained the crowd with stories from his career.
"I'm really honored to be voted into the SCCA Hall of Fame,” said Bob Bondurant to the crowd. “I have been racing all my life. I raced over in Europe because I wanted to race against the world's best. When Dan and I won at Le Mans in the Daytona Coupe, it was the first time anyone had beaten the Ferrari GTO’s. I had four of them chasing me for the final two hours and they couldn't catch me."
The National Hall of Fame was created to record the history and accomplishments of the SCCA by acknowledging members who significantly helped the organization grow.
“Bob has had a long and deep relationship with the SCCA since the 1950s,” said Pat Bondurant. “He was the SCCA vice president and won countless races. His school was the first to be SCCA certified for racing licenses and continues to bring thousands of people into the sport.”
The only purpose-built facility of its kind, the school is in Phoenix. It has trained nearly 500,000 pro racers, executives, law enforcement officers, military specialists, enthusiasts and teen-age drivers.
“When you look through the list of the Sports Car Club of America Hall of Fame members, it is clear that they are also legends in the wider world of motorsports,” says Lisa B. Noble, SCCA president and CEO. “Bob Bondurant’s sensational driving record would make him a contender, but the advent of and his continued work with the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving cements that.”
Bondurant dominated SCCA racing as a driver in the Corvette from 1959-63. In 1965, he helped Shelby American capture the FIA GT Championship title. The following year, he drove for Ferrari’s F1 team.
When his racing career was cut short due to a tragic racing incident, Bondurant opened his school with four cars in California upon his full recovery. He moved the school to Arizona in 1990.
“The Bondurant name is synonymous with high performance driving,” said Pat Bondurant. “Competing against the likes of Moss, Hill and Andretti at every major venue, Bob showed that he could beat the best. Today, his school infuses those same skills into students from across the world.”
About Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving
The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, which is located in Phoenix, Ariz., is the only purpose-built driver training facility for performance enthusiasts and is the largest driver training of its kind in North America. At the heart of the 60-acre facility is a 1.6-mile, 15-turn multi-configuration track that was designed by Bob Bondurant. The school maintains over 200 race-prepared vehicles, sedans, SUVs and open wheel cars. For more information, visit www.Bondurant.com or call (800) 842-7223.