CHANDLER, Ariz. Two long time instructors at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving celebrated this week their successful runs in the 69th 24 Hours of LeMans endurance race last Sunday, their boss reports.
Johnny O'Connell, co-driving with veteran Scott Pruett, finished eighth overall and won the GTS class in the race. Terry Borcheller co-drove with Gavin Konrad to finish 18th overall and third in the GTS class, results of the 24-hour race revealed.
A week earlier, Bondurant himself had some success on the race track. In a field made up exclusively of Carroll Shelby's Cobras, Bondurant was a surprising third overall and winner of the 289 FIA class, driving a nearly identical Ford Cobra to the car that the former international star raced to win the World Manufacturers Title for Shelby American in 1965.
The Bondurant car, in its aluminum body roadster version with a stiffer chassis, differed only in the use of a 302-cu. in. 370 horsepower engine in place of the original 289 cu. in. Ford, which is no longer available. The race was held June 10 at Alton, Va., on the Virginia International Raceway road circuit. The winner, Gary Pfeifer of Kiowa, Colo., was driving a Shelby Cobra Challenge Series car powered by a much bigger 351 cu. in. 450 horsepower Ford, as was second-place Kevin Rogers of Spring, Tex.
O'Connell and Borcheller, currently on leave from the school due to their active race programs, still serve at the school, located at Firebird Raceway near Chandler, in their off-seasons.