Bob Bondurant is walking the halls again. The World Champion driver and legendary driving educator has been elected to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame as a member of its Class of 2014.
Bondurant and four other honorees will be inducted during a gala event at the Meritage Resort in Napa, Calif., June 19, in conjunction with the NASCAR weekend at Sonoma Raceway, including the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West June 21 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series June 22.
Joining Bondurant are Marshall Chesrown, owner of championship racing teams; Ron Eaton, driver/owner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West; Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager; and Mike Skinner, NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver.
The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 2002 and honors significant contributors to the sport’s development and history — such as designers, engineers, mechanics, drivers, racetrack owners, promoters, publicists and members of the motorsports media.
Bondurant’s résumé includes racing his Indian motorcycle in the ‘50s, followed by Corvettes, capped by the West Coast “B” production Championship, with 18 of 20 wins in 1958/59. He competed with the Shelby American, Ferrari and Eagle teams, the last for friend Dan Gurney. With him, Bondurant won the GT class at Le Mans 24 Hours in 1964 in Shelby’s Cobra Daytona Coupe — 50 years ago this June.
The only purpose-built facility of its kind in the world, the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, proudly located at the Wild Horse Pass MotorSports Park on the Gila River Indian Community in Chandler, just outside Phoenix, has trained nearly 500,000 people — professional racers, executives, law enforcement officers and military specialists, performance enthusiasts and day-to-day drivers — to become safer and more proficient at handling the challenges of track, street and highway driving.