Bob Bondurant

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Bob Bondurant
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Formula One World Championship career
Active years1965 Formula One season - 1966 Formula One season
TeamsNorth American Racing Team, Reg Parnell, non-works BRM and Anglo American Racers
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions0
Career points3
Pole position0
Fastest lap0
First race1965 United States Grand Prix
Last race1966 Mexican Grand Prix

Robert Bondurant (born 27 April 1933 in Evanston, Illinois, Illinois) is an United States former Racecar driver who raced for the Ferrari and Anglo American Racers teams in Formula One.

During his teens, Bondurant raced an Indian (motorcycle) motorcycle on dirt ovals. In 1956 he began Sports car racing with Morgan Motor Company and started to attract attention when he won the West Coast "B" production Championship, in a Chevrolet Corvette. In 1963 he became a member of Carroll Shelby's Ford Motor Company AC Cobra team, in which he took the GT class victory at Le Mans 24 Hours. In 1965 the team won the Manufacturers' World Championship, winning seven out of ten races. In the same year he drove a works Ferrari during the 1965 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International, and handled a Team Lotus 33 for Reg Parnell at the following 1965 Mexican Grand Prix.

In 1966 he served as a technical consultant for John Frankenheimer's film Grand Prix (film), and he also drove BRM in five Grands Prix for Team Chamaco Collect, finishing a fine 4th at 1966 Monaco Grand Prix. He finished the Formula One season in North America with two races driving an Eagle for Anglo American Racers.

For 1967 he moved to the CanAm series in a McLaren Cars, but hurt his arm in a huge accident, in which his car flipped eight times. Bondurant opened the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Ontario Motor Speedway and moved it to Infineon Raceway, where he was an important figure in the track's development. Ford Motor Company was Bondurant's sponsoring partner in his Sears Point driving school. A longtime helicopter pilot, Bondurant sometimes flew his chopper above the Sears Point track to follow his erstwhile students.

In the June 1969 run of the grueling off-road Baja 500 race, Bondurant with co-driver Tony Murphy took first place in the passenger car class driving a Rambler American for James Garner's "American International Racers" team that was sponsored by American Motors Corporation (AMC) [1].

Following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake he moved the driving school to Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona, where he enjoys close ties to General Motors Corporation. He had four NASCAR starts, all at Riverside International Raceway, with his highest finish of 18th in 1981. He occasionally competes in vintage events.

Bob Bondurant was an early driving instructor to actor Paul Newman as well as Tom Cruise.


He was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2003.

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(F1 driver results legend 2)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WDC Points
1965 Formula One season North American Racing Team Ferrari Ferrari 158 F1 Ferrari V8 1965 South African Grand Prix
1965 Monaco Grand Prix
1965 Belgian Grand Prix
1965 French Grand Prix
1965 British Grand Prix
1965 Dutch Grand Prix
1965 German Grand Prix
1965 Italian Grand Prix
1965 United States Grand Prix
NC 0
Reg Parnell (Racing) Team Lotus Lotus 33 Coventry Climax V8 1965 Mexican Grand Prix
1966 Formula One season Team Chamaco Collect BRM BRM P261 BRM V8 1966 Monaco Grand Prix
1966 Belgian Grand Prix
1966 French Grand Prix
1966 British Grand Prix
1966 Dutch Grand Prix
1966 German Grand Prix
1966 Italian Grand Prix
14th 3
Anglo American Racers Anglo American Racers Eagle Mk1 Coventry Climax Straight-4 1966 United States Grand Prix
Weslake V12 1966 Mexican Grand Prix

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