LAW PRESS RELEASES - 2012
JUNE 5, 2012
BONDURANT SCHOOL - FIVE DETROIT WINNERS
The top instructors at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving clearly demonstrated the value of their training when they won all five of their races during the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on June 2 and 3. The wins were fitting, as Bondurant's chief operating officer Darren Law, vice-president of global operations Johnny O'Connell and instructor Andy Lee drove their Chevrolet- and Cadillac-powered racers to victory on the 2.1-mile Belle Isle temporary street circuit near General Motors world headquarters in Detroit.
Law and his co-driver João Barbosa topped the field in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race, driving the No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette-powered Coyote Daytona Prototype. O'Connell drove his No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V to two overall and GT-class wins in the Pirelli World Challenge. Lee added two World Challenge GTS victories in the No. 20 Best IT Chevrolet Camaro.
O'Connell and Lee now lead their classes in the World Challenge 2012 driver championship standings after seven of 12 races. Law is second in Rolex Series Daytona Prototype standings – just one point behind first place – after the first five of 13 races this season.
"We've been trained by the best at Bondurant," Law said. "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."
Bondurant was quick to praise his graduates: "I am so proud of my men 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.
"Needless to say it was a great week-end for Cadillac and everyone at General Motors," O'Connell said. "Making it even more special was that the wins were in Detroit, under the shadows of their headquarters, and that Darren, Andy and I are all part of the Bob Bondurant team, utilizing the skills we all learned under Bob's method of teaching. As a school supported by Chevrolet, we take great pride in the relationship we have with them, and the wins we achieved are a clear example of why the Bondurant School and Chevrolet continue to lead the way when it comes to performance."
"What a sensational weekend for our Best IT/ Bondurant Camaro team," Lee added. "It's nice to perform so well in Chevrolet's back yard. The Belle Isle venue is amazing and the fans in Detroit are the best! I couldn't imagine a better weekend for The Bondurant School, as two of my mentors and I took the top step in every race. The Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix showcased the great talent at Bondurant and heightens Bob's legacy. I've never been more proud to be a part of the Bondurant family."
Bondurant Enterprises provides a full range of driving training, from grooming future race stars to helping families improve their driving skills to hosting unique corporate events. Bob Bondurant, an internationally recognized leader in advanced driving training, opened Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in 1968. The largest purpose-built driving school in the world, it features a 15-turn, 1.6-mile road course, an eight-acre asphalt pad for advanced training and more than 200 race-prepared vehicles, sedans and open-wheel cars. Situated on Firebird Raceway's 600 acres of excitement in Phoenix, Ariz., the facility has access to three additional race tracks, a watersports lake and three skid pads. Bondurant SuperKart School offers two karting tracks with state-of-the-art equipment and training. Bondurant Trackside is the premier leader in OEM events, showcasing manufacturer's vehicles.