Patricia Bondurant is best known for being the wife of Bob Bondurant, an American racecar driver who raced for the Shelby American, Ferrari, and Eagle teams. Bondurant was one of the most famous drivers to emerge from the Southern California road racing scene in the 1950s and achieved success in North America and in Europe.
Patricia Bondurant & Bob Bondurant
Pat tied the knot with Bob Bondurant in 2010. The Bondurants’ love of racing, and specifically their racing school, is in full throttle after several years of serious doubt that there would be a future. They are the owners of the original legendary Bob Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving, which opened in Southern California in 1968 and moved to Chandler in 1990, the Bondurants filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2018. Ever since, Pat, who was the company president and CEO, has done all she can in the fight to keep the Bondurant name alive.
In 2019, a group of investors, graduates of the school who formed a company called Stig Investments, bought the school out of bankruptcy for $1.67 million. But still at issue, in Pat’s mind, was the Bondurant name, which she believed was not part of the sale. It all led to several suits, charges, and countercharges, at least one involving one of her sons, who she felt “attempt(ed) a hostile takeover orchestrating a walkout.”
Pat, who has a background in design and once founded an architectural and development firm, has been steering the new school’s direction in picking a qualified partner who is not, as she put it, “scratching for money.”
Bob Bondurant Death & Cause
Bondurant died in Paradise Valley, Arizona, on November 12, 2021. He was 88-years-old. A statement on his passing reads, in part, “Bondurant is the only American to bring home the World Championship trophy back to the U.S. while racing for Carroll Shelby. He won his class at Le Mans and has been inducted into ten motorsports halls of fame. Bondurant Racing School was founded in 1968 and has graduated celebrities for car movies like James Garner, Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Nicholas Cage, and Christian Bale, along with over 500,000 graduates from around the world. His legacy will remain with us forever.”
He is survived by his wife Pat, who vows to continue the legacy of Bob’s School.
“Sad news today that Bob Bondurant has passed. I knew Bob for 60 years and we’ve shared great memories that I will cherish. He was one of the best race drivers this world has ever seen and his legacy will live forever. Say hi to dad. RIP Bob ❤️, ” Rich MacDonald wrote in a tribute.