The Bondurant driving school has taught legions of fans and stars how to drive quickly and safely.
Racing school filed for Chapter 11 protection a month ago
BY: WES RAYNAL
The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving has closed its doors. The school traces its roots back to the world’s first school for race car drivers and those who wanted to race. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Oct. 2 in Chandler, Arizona. Court filings listed total debts at between $1 million and $10 million, with between 50 and 99 creditors. In October, the school released a statement saying it would continue operating and serving its students and corporate groups “as usual.”
The school was started around 1961 and became an institution. It taught celebrities like Tom Cruise, Tim Allen, Nicolas Cage and Clint Eastwood. The number of professional racers who studied under Bondurant is staggering, including but not limited to Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Rick Mears, Kurt Busch, Buddy Rice, Johnny O’Connell, Darren Law, Jack Roush Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and a couple of Gordons (Jeff and Robby). It was also the official driving school for Dodge SRT.
We’ll have more as this story develops.