Autosport reports this afternoon the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving has shut its doors. Bondurant began a school for race drivers in the early 60’s after an injury during a race ended his driving career. Bill Shaw, Wilbur’s son, was an instructor at the school.
Celebrities like Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise Tim Allen, and Nicholas Cage attended the driving school. A huge number of racing drivers also took instruction there. Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, and Rick Mears were some of the many racing starts who honed their craft at the Bondurant School.
The Chandler, Arizona, site was also the venue for the Road to Indy shootout, which now needs to find another location soon. The shootout is scheduled for December 8 and 9.
Portland, St. Pete Ticket Renewal Periods Begin
The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and The Grand Prix of Portland have opened ticket renewal periods. Fans who purchased tickets last year can renew or change seat locations before the general public sale begins.
Miles Flying to Australia
Mark Miles is flying to Australia to investigate the possibility of Indycar returning to Surfer’s Paradise. The premiere of Queensland, Annasacia Palaszaczuk, expressed interest in hosting an Indycar race during Will Power’s trip to his homeland. Power referred her to Miles.
Surfer’s Paradise was always a fun race to watch, especially when it was the season opener.
Norman Returns to Andretti Indy Lights Ride
Ryan Norman has re-signed with Andretti Autosport for a third season in Indy Lights. Norman showed marked improvement last year. He won the pole for the Freedom 10 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and won the race at Gateway Motorsports Park after a spirited duel with Colton Herta.
Wickens Loses the Back Brace
In a new Instagram video from Robert Wickens, he discards the back brace he has worn virtually since he was injured. Here is the link to the video: