April 27, 1987 |
Former Renault Cup champion Parker Johnstone, driving an Acura Integra, led nearly all the way to win the 45-minute International Sedan race here Sunday. Johnstone, an instructor at the Bob Bondurant driving school at Sears Point Raceway, took the lead from teammate Doug Peterson on the fourth lap and never relinquished the front spot. It was his first win in an International Sedan race--which is a new name for the old Champion Spark Plug Challenge series.
January 4, 1986 |
Race drivers can usually trace their roots to one of three sources: --They had a love affair with cars when they were teen-agers, working on them around the clock and racing them anywhere they could find a challenge, the way A. J. Foyt, Bobby Unser and Bill Elliott grew up. --They had wealth and saw racing expensive cars as an exciting diversion that turned into a full-time avocation, as happened with the Whittington brothers, Bill and Don; Josele Garza; Salt Walther, and the late Peter Revson.
December 12, 1985
I appreciated Paul Dean's feature story on the Palm Springs Vintage Grand Prix ("Big Four of Grand Prix Lead the Charge at Palm Springs," Dec. 5). Dean's coverage of the event was excellent, but I want to make one correction: Bob Bondurant, one of the "Gang of Grand Prix greats," now operates the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving at Sears Point International Raceway in Sonoma, near San Francisco (so your readers do not confuse Bondurant's school with another that operates out of Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey)
April 21, 2000
A guest list of sports figures to be featured on TV and radio today through Thursday: * George Karl --"The Last Word," today, 6:30 and 11:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net * California Speedway president Scott Atherton, race driver and instructor Bob Bondurant --"The Irv Kaze Show," Saturday, 6-7 p.m., KIEV (870) * Jim Fox, Cobi Jones --"Sports Talk With Peter Vent," Saturday, 9-midnight, KRLA (1110) * Charles Barkley --"The Sporting Life With Jim Huber," Sunday, 7 a.m., CNN; 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
November 25, 1991 |
Driving instructor Bob Bondurant, after coming from last place to win a vintage car race Saturday in a 1979 Cobra, came back Sunday to win wire-to-wire in a borrowed 1959 Devin during the seventh annual Palm Springs Road Races. The engine on Bondurant's Cobra blew shortly after he crossed the finish line, and it was not ready to race Sunday, so Barry Watkins of Tustin offered Bondurant his C Production car to drive. Watkins had finished fourth in it Saturday.
May 14, 1990 |
Mitch Payton is a former desert motorcycle racing champion who has won three consecutive Sports Car Club of America amateur races in a showroom stock Honda CRX and appears headed for the national championship runoffs in October at Road Atlanta. Payton is a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair. He drives with brake and accelerator hand controls mounted into the steering column and a clutch release on the shifter.