The racing world is mourning the loss of legendary driver, coach, and racing innovator Bob Bondurant, who passed away late last week in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Bondurant, a former championship driver and Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee, was a member of Carrol Shelby’s Ford Cobra team and raced a then-new Cobra Daytona to a GT Class win in the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. The next year, Bondurant won the FIA Manufacturers’ World Championship for Shelby American.

Bondurant pilots an AC Cobra around Germany’s famed Nürburgring in 1964. (Image: Lothar Spurzem | CC BY-SA 2.0 DE)

He competed in Formula 1, NASCAR, Can Am, the Baja 500, and numerous other events over a racing career that spanned across two decades.

In his later years, Bondurant was perhaps better known as a race instructor at his eponymous Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, where he coached an impressive number of professional drivers. The school was also notable for providing performance driving instruction to actors preparing for movie roles, and counts Paul Newman, Christian Bale, Tom Cruise, and Nicholas Cage as alumni.

Bondurant passed away Friday, November 12, 2021. He was 88 years old.

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