Want to learn how to be a high-performance driver?
Then you would do well to check out the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving after noting that the top instructors there came away with victories in all five of their races at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on June 2 and 3.
That string of wins included chief operating officer Darren Law and continued with vice-president of global operations Johnny O’Connell and instructor Andy Lee.
“We’ve been trained by the best at Bondurant,” Law pointed out. “All three of us have not only gone through the Bondurant School, but are also employed there, and we all took wins this weekend in Detroit. I don’t know that there’s any other driving school that has current employees racing in professional series and winning five races in the same weekend. Bob was very proud that all three of his guys made it to the podium and won all of their races this weekend. He follows us every single weekend and calls every night, wanting to know how things are going. He likes to throw in some advice now and then, some of his mentoring. It’s cool that he’s really excited about it and he’s really into it.”
Law and co-driver Joao Barbosa led the way in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race in their No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette-powered Coyote Daytona Prototype.
O’Connell steered his No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V to two overall and GT-class wins in the Pirelli World Challenge, and Lee drove his No. 20 Best IT Chevrolet Camaro to two World Challenge GTS victories.
Last weekend’s outcomes were really no surprise. O’Connell and Lee are atop their classes in the World Challenge 2012 driver championship standings with five of 12 races to go. Meanwhile, Law is only a point behind the leader in the Rolex Series Daytona Prototype standings with eight of 13 races left.
The excellent showings didn’t escape the watchful eyes of Bondurant.
“I am so proud of my men,” he said, “and yes, I check on each one of them every race and I’m quick to praise them after their races. I am just so proud of them. Both Darren and Johnny were past instructors, went on to win world-class championships and made it full circle back at Bondurant to take the school into the next 44 years. Andy Lee has always been a fantastic Bondurant SuperKart and car instructor. I expect these guys to bring home first place every race. They have been groomed and know what to do and they do it well. They don’t disappoint!”
The Bondurant School is the Official High Performance Driving School of Chevrolet. The Phoenix school features a range of high-powered Corvettes and SS Camaros, including Chevrolet Grand Sport, Z06 and ZR1 Corvettes, plus Chevrolet SS Camaro, Sonic and Tahoe models.
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