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Bob Bondurant

Internationally recognized as the leading authority on advanced driver training, Bob Bondurant has been at the forefront of professional driving instruction since 1968. Utilizing the Bondurant Method, over 250,000 students, ranging from housewives, racers and celebrities, to...

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Bob Bondurant

Internationally recognized as the leading authority on advanced driver training, Bob Bondurant has been at the forefront of professional driving instruction since 1968. Utilizing the Bondurant Method, over 250,000 students, ranging from housewives, racers and celebrities, to teenagers, professionals and police officers, have learned from Bondurant's expertise.

Bondurant grew up in the Westwood area of Los Angeles with a passion for anything on wheels. By the time he was 18, he was racing an Indian Scout motorcycle on the local dirt ovals, and soon moved to sports cars in 1956 at the wheel of a Morgan. His racing career began to soar in 1959, when driving a Corvette in the Southern California region, Bondurant captured the West Coast "B" Production Championship and the Corvette Driver of the Year Award.

In 1963, Bob joined the team of Carroll Shelby and Ford Cobras in Europe and went on to win numerous races and a chance to compete in the 1964 World GT Championship. Paired with Dan Gurney that year, Bob won the GT Category overall and placed 4th in a Cobra Daytona Coupe at Le Mans.

Bob remained in Europe in 1965 and drove to win 7 out of 10 races earning him the World Manufacturers' Championship for the U.S. driving a Shelby Cobra. That honor would put Bob in Formula One for Ferrari at the Watkins Glen Grand Prix.

In 1966, Bob continued with Ferrari, driving in the World Manufacturers' Championship for Dan Gurney's All American Racers Team. Between races Bob worked as a consultant on the now famous movie "Grand Prix" with James Garner.

In 1967, Bob joined the Dana Chevrolet Team in the growing Can-Am and USRC (United States Road Championship). That year while racing at Watkins Glen, a broken steering arm caused a crash at 150mph, rolling his car eight times and ending the promising professional racing career of Bob Bondurant.

Faced with the possibility of never walking or racing again, Bob went back to what he knew better than anyone in the world: maximum car control. Bob began teaching at Carroll Shelby's driving school in Riverside, California. Having finally regained his physical abilities, Bob opened his school in 1968 with three Datsuns, a Lola T70 Can-Am car and a Formula Vee.

On February 14, 1968, the doors opened at Orange County International Raceway, near Los Angeles, with three students. The next week there were two students, Paul Newman and Robert Wagner, training for the film, "Winning". Bob was technical advisor, camera car driver, and actor-instructor for the film.

Two years later the school moved to nearby Ontario Motor Speedway, and in 1973 to Sears Point International Raceway near Sonoma, California. In 1983, Ford Motor Company offered to provide vehicles and other support to the school.

Seven years later, on March 2, 1990, Bob's dream of building a purpose-built driver training facility became a reality in Phoenix, Arizona. The school maintains over 200 race-prepared vehicles, sedans, and open wheel cars. The school is the largest facility of its kind in North America.

Today, Bob continues to teach daily, time permitting, and race in select vintage racing events around the country. Whether racing, flying his helicopter or speeding around the course in a Bondurant race prepared car or SuperKart, Bob is still considered the man to beat and the master of maximum car control.

Bob's racing books are available at the online store.

Mike McGovern

McGovern is closing in on 30 years with the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, almost 20 of those as Chief Instructor. He started in the late 1980s, when the school was located at Sears Point in beautiful Sonoma, California, took a two-year hiatus as he moved...

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Mike McGovern

McGovern is closing in on 30 years with the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, almost 20 of those as Chief Instructor. He started in the late 1980s, when the school was located at Sears Point in beautiful Sonoma, California, took a two-year hiatus as he moved to the Carolinas to pursue a full-time ride of the southeast’s many dirt-oval bullrings, and returned to the school in the early ‘90s, moving to Phoenix in the process.

His trademark hard-work ethic and deep interest in the continued success of the Bondurant School assured his quick rise to the position of Chief Instructor, and currently has a dozen full-time employees under his charge. McGovern is well-versed in the entire range of classes that comprise the Bondurant curriculum, and is an integral part in the formation of new classes, helping the School to remain one of the finest of its kind in an increasingly competitive arena.

In addition to his many administrative responsibilities, McGovern also has occasion to teach several of the students that come through for the more advanced courses that are part of the Bondurant School menu. He now leads the training of several current and potential NASCAR drivers that frequent the Phoenix, Arizona Bondurant facility. Having sat right seat with the likes of Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin, as well as Kurt and Kyle Busch, McGovern offers a rarified level of personalized instruction and has helped many a topflight driver to continue to improve.

RECENT RACING EXPERIENCE

McGovern continues to race and, with the help of former student and car owner Jim Click, McGovern has competed in the 2007 and 2008 Koni Challenge series, and the 2008 Miller Cup Mustang Challenge. Mike has his sights set on continued racing moving forward.

Racing Experience

  • Late Model Asphalt & Dirt
  • IMCA Modified
  • Motorola Cup
  • Stunt Precision Driving
  • Grand-Am Koni Challenge
Peter Miller

The Miller clan must have oil in the blood: Pete’s dad piloted a variety of cars over the years, and instilled a passion for motorsports in his son.

The younger Miller started racing, with an eye toward a professional road-racing career, in the highly competitive World...

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Peter Miller

The Miller clan must have oil in the blood: Pete’s dad piloted a variety of cars over the years, and instilled a passion for motorsports in his son.

The younger Miller started racing, with an eye toward a professional road-racing career, in the highly competitive World Karting Federation and its enduro kart classes. At 12 years old, he won his first enduro karting championship; the following year won the East Coast national WKA junior sportsman championship.

Pete’s first foray into proper cars came only a few years later and included a year in Sports Car Club of America Formula Fords. As Miller moved up the racing ladder, he decided to turn toward sedans and added a regional championship in the SCCA’s GT4 class to his resume. He then backed up his regional title with championships in the National Autosport Association’s Pacific Touring Car and US Touring Car series. Miller also had brief but successful professional stints with the Grand-Am series and the SPEED World Challenge series.

Pete’s most recent racing experience has included a deep interest and involvement in the no-holds-barred world of off-road racing. The technology charged and action intensive Best in the Desert and SCORE off-road series have appealed to Miller’s competitive side, and offer unique challenges in the world of racing for teams, drivers, and vehicles. Drives in both series, as well as a support role in the Baja 1000, have continued to peak his interest. Peter’s most recent off-road racing has come within the Lucas Oil Off-road Racing Series and he is driven to continue the challenge of off-road stadium style racing.

While he brings a wealth of experience to his students at the Bondurant School, Pete’s calm and easy going demeanor have made him a favorite among students and peers alike since 1997.

RACING EXPERIENCE

  • SCCA World Challenge Touring Car
  • Grand-Am Cup
  • NASA Pacific Touring Car
  • NASA US Touring Car
  • SCCA National Level Formula Ford
  • Formula Mazda
  • SCCA GT4 class
  • WKA Enduro Karting
William Hawkins

“I was the only kid in third grade reading the F1 racing report about Mario Andretti,” says William Hawkins. Hawkins is an instructor at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving and a racer. At a young age he wanted to go to Europe and race F1 and then he fell in...

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William Hawkins

“I was the only kid in third grade reading the F1 racing report about Mario Andretti,” says William Hawkins. Hawkins is an instructor at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving and a racer. At a young age he wanted to go to Europe and race F1 and then he fell in love with Indy car racing. Hawkins says he also realized that open wheel racing in the United States is not as popular as it is in Europe.

Hawkins has raced in many different vehicles, different series, and different states. He takes that well-rounded racing experience and applies it each day as an instructor. “I have worked with so many cool people as an instructor here (at Bondurant); I am thankful for all my fellow instructors and the experience the school offers to everyone!” Hawkins said about his 10-year history at the School. He emphasizes the bond the instructors share as critical to being successful.

A degree from Portland State University in Business Administration is what caught the attention of a hiring manager for Hawkins to be an instructor in the first place. Hawkins sent his resume to many of the driving schools in the country for a marketing position. He had so much racing experience that the Jim Hall Karting School in Ventura, California, called him to be an instructor. After a year in California, Hawkins brought his knowledge of karting to Bob Bondurant in 1997 to launch the Bondurant SuperKart School. “It was a great opportunity to work with Bob and build a great school,” said Hawkins.

Hawkins is currently engaged in instructing all the courses at the Bondurant School, as well as pursuing sportscar and off-road driving opportunities.

RACING EXPERIENCE

  • IKF Sprint and Shifter Kart Champion
  • Racing Experience
  • CCA Formula Ford
  • Spec Ford
  • SCCA Sports 2000
  • SCCA Touring
  • 360 Sprint Cars
Danny Bullock

Danny Bullock has been a lead instructor at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving for more than a dozen years. His presence at the School, and his demeanor with the students, are a result of years of motorsports experience as a racer, instructor, coach,...

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Danny Bullock

Danny Bullock has been a lead instructor at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving for more than a dozen years. His presence at the School, and his demeanor with the students, are a result of years of motorsports experience as a racer, instructor, coach, precision driver, and speaker.

When Bullock is not on the track instructing Bondurant students, he is racing in a touring series with NASA and AZRA. Danny started in performance driving in 1998 and has experience racing in various production-based racecars. A highlight of his racing career is a strong second-place in points finish in 2006 ASA/Pro Autosports Super 7 class.

Bullock teaches students of all ages and experience levels in all the courses offered at the Bondurant School. Danny’s communication skills make him a valued asset in the military training and executive protection courses that the School offers. “Those guys are hungry to learn and quick to absorb everything you teach them,” he says. “It makes my job challenging and rewarding at the same time.”

Bullock has appeared ‘behind the scenes’ in many big screen productions such as “The Kingdom” and a foreign film shot in northern Arizona. Working on the set with a major film production as a precision driver has allowed Bullock experience in many facets of high performance and precision driving.

RACING EXPERIENCE

  • 2nd place - 2006 ASA/Pro Autosports Super 7 class
  • Formula Vee and Production Cars
  • SCCA
  • ASA
  • NASA
  • AZRA
Will Parker

“The most rewarding part of my job is being able to see the students enjoy a new experience and seeing dreams come true,” said Will Parker. Parker is an instructor at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving and a racer. He began instructing at the Bondurant’s...

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Will Parker

“The most rewarding part of my job is being able to see the students enjoy a new experience and seeing dreams come true,” said Will Parker. Parker is an instructor at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving and a racer. He began instructing at the Bondurant’s SuperKart School in 1996 while attending Arizona State University and became an instructor in the car school after graduation.

Will started at the Bondurant School as a part-time parts runner, general mechanic, and karting instructor, but that all changed one day when Bob Bondurant took him for a trip in his helicopter and asked him to move from the kart school to the cars. “He asked me what my plans were after graduation,” said Parker. “I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, but he asked me to stay as a full-time instructor, and here I am today.”

Parker loves his job as an instructor because of the varied backgrounds of the students that attend the classes. “You get to meet a lot of interesting people and hear their stories,” he said.

Will instructs many of the different types of classes, but his favorite to teach is the Grand Prix Road Racing class, which is offered for three or four days. “I find it really fulfilling to see the students progress over the length of the course. They learn new skills quickly in a sport that is pretty difficult,” Will remarked. Parker best describes his job as fun, fulfilling, and, at times, eye opening.

Parker currently instructs courses full-time at the Bondurant School and races shifter karts in his spare time, staying in touch with his racing roots. He hopes to do more off-road racing in the future. According to Parker, racing and instructing are two facets to the sport that bring so much fun into his life, and he could not live without either.

RACING EXPERIENCE

  • IKF 125cc Shifter Kart competition
  • Phoenix Karting Club Shifter Kart Series Racing
Corey Hosford

Corey Hosford has been a part of the Bondurant team for more than a decade, and is truly a product of the Bondurant corporate ladder, having moved from his position as an instructor at the esteemed Bondurant SuperKart School to the sedan instructor ranks at the Bondurant...

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Corey Hosford

Corey Hosford has been a part of the Bondurant team for more than a decade, and is truly a product of the Bondurant corporate ladder, having moved from his position as an instructor at the esteemed Bondurant SuperKart School to the sedan instructor ranks at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. Hosford brings with him exceptional speaking and people skills, as well as a successful kart-intensive background in the sport.

Hosford started racing at the tender age of six after moving to Phoenix with his family; his interest in the sport was sparked in no small part by his hard-charging father who competed regularly in AMA Flat Track and Supercross events, and is one of the few people to have tackled the Baja 1000 solo on an off-road bike. The sport seemed to come naturally to Hosford as he quickly took championships in the Rookie Sportsman and Junior Sportsman classes of the Phoenix Karting Club Association’s sanctioned events. Corey also competed in the IKF in ‘97 and ‘98 in the Stars of Karting series, securing five “Top Fives.” He has spent time in Formula Mazda racecars and has tested several road race stock cars.

Hosford took a position as a karting instructor at the SuperKart School in 2001. His ability to impart basic and advanced kart driving techniques to a wide range of students in a patient and understandable way made him an immediate success. Hosford’s natural charisma allowed him to get along well with his competitive workmates, and his talent as a driver earned him respect among his peers.

Corey decided to pursue other work in 2003, and spent the year as a driver and driver coach for the professional karting company RBI. His experience with RBI enhanced his ability to teach, and in 2007, through his equally talented brother and full-time Bondurant School of High Performance Driving instructor Brian Hosford, Corey returned--this time to the highly-respected Bondurant High Performance Driving instructor team. Corey, youngest member of the instructor group as you read this, has been an integral part of raising the collective game in the instructor room.

Well-spoken and clearly capable in the car, Hosford is regularly requested by returning students, and he continues to help new students refine their technique in the Corvettes that adorn the immaculate Bondurant facility. Hosford specializes in many of the off-site programs that Bondurant offers to auto manufacturers and other high-level corporate entities.

RACING EXPERIENCE

  • Multi-time Phoenix Karting Club champion
  • IKF Stars of Karting standout
  • Formula Mazda Competition
  • Streetstock Class NASA and PASA Regional Competition
Jesse Dunham

Dunham has been involved in motorsports for much of his life; his father was a well-known engine builder for sprint cars and midgets, and even built a power plant for a top fuel drag bike. The desire to be a part of motorsports turned out to be a family affair, and Dunham’s...

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Jesse Dunham

Dunham has been involved in motorsports for much of his life; his father was a well-known engine builder for sprint cars and midgets, and even built a power plant for a top fuel drag bike. The desire to be a part of motorsports turned out to be a family affair, and Dunham’s competitive personality led him to start racing on BMX bikes when he was only 12 years old. Karting was the next step for Jesse, and a 2001 Rookie of the Year award in the Phoenix Kart Racing Association driving a 125cc-shifter kart.

The Phoenix native then turned his sights on the rough and tumble world of 700 hp sprint cars, competing regularly in the Arizona Sprint Car Association at tracks like Manzanita, Tucson’s USA Speedway, and Black Canyon Raceway. Dunham also tried his hand at a dirt-modified car and won the first and only race he entered.

Jesse Dunham has been a part of the Bondurant organization since 1996, and has worked his way up from mechanic, to one of the lead kart instructors at the then-new Bondurant SuperKart School--always with an eye on the sedan-instructor ranks, where he’s been for the last half-dozen years. With a two-decade-long background in motorsports and intimate knowledge of how the Bondurant School functions from many perspectives, Dunham has become a welcome part of the instructor staff and one that gives his students all he has to offer.

RACING EXPERIENCE

  • BMX Competition
  • 2001 Phoenix Kart Racing Association 125 cc Shifter Kart Rookie of the Year
  • ASCA Sprint Car competitor
  • Dirt Modified class race winner
Austin Robison

Although originally trained as a world class skier and winner of two Nevada State championships, Reno native and decade-long Bondurant School of High Performance Driving senior instructor Austin Robison realized in short order that motorsports was instead to be his chosen...

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Austin Robison

Although originally trained as a world class skier and winner of two Nevada State championships, Reno native and decade-long Bondurant School of High Performance Driving senior instructor Austin Robison realized in short order that motorsports was instead to be his chosen profession.

Austin began his motor racing career by earning the 1993 “Rookie of the Year” honors with a 4th place finish in the L.A.R.A. Northern Nevada Sprint Car championship, and from there has never looked back. A talented driver as well as fabricator, Austin helped to design and build the Humvee race trucks that he drove at the famed Dakar Rally in 1996 and 1999. He notched finishes that would make him the highest placed American in an American vehicle at the grueling Dakar rally until 2007. Included in his off road racing resume are championships in the Best in the Desert off road racing series along with runner-up in the Score International Series Championship. Austin has also taken several class wins and podium finishes in Baja along with winning the Baja 2000, the longest Baja race in History. Most recently Austin earned the BITD 7300-class championship in the LaRoza Racing Ford Ranger.

In addition to his off road racing prowess, Austin has also competed in pavement racing, including stints in the NASCAR Speed Truck series. Robison has also competed in several D1 and Formula D drift events with Dunlop in a turbo charged Honda S2000 and a 450 hp forced induction Megan Racing Nissan 350Z.

His coaching pre-dates his decade at Bondurant: Austin has acted as a race driver and driver coach for all the teams he has worked with, and has helped drivers and teams to realize their true potential. His previous and current coaching work has lent itself well to Austin’s instructor duties at the Bondurant School. During his tenure there, Austin has had occasion to work with several NASCAR series drivers including, David Starr, Brad Keselowski, Brian Vickers, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch amongst others.

Austin brings a mild-mannered, methodical and detail oriented approach to the students he teaches at Bondurant. With a keen understanding of the racing business and an equally strong skill set as a race driver and coach Austin’s students benefit from his considerable experience.

RACING EXPERIENCE

  • LARA Northern Nevada Sprint Car
  • Paris-Dakar Rally, 1996 & 1999
  • D1 and Formula D events
  • NASCAR Speed Truck Series
  • SCORE International Series Championship
  • Baja 2000
Tim Rose

Tim’s first high-performance driving experiences were on the local autocross scene, where he enjoyed some success while having fun. Along with a friend, he decided to attend the highly regarded Elf Winfield Racing School in France. After finishing third out of the 35 drivers...

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Tim Rose

Tim’s first high-performance driving experiences were on the local autocross scene, where he enjoyed some success while having fun. Along with a friend, he decided to attend the highly regarded Elf Winfield Racing School in France. After finishing third out of the 35 drivers that attended the Winfield School, and with a subsequent invitation to return for the yearly “Elf Pilot” shootout later that year, Tim was bitten by the racing bug.

“Rosebowl”, as his friends refer to him, began to pursue a Formula car career in earnest in 1990 with a season of Skip Barber Formula Ford 1600 racing. From 1992 to ’94, Tim contested partial seasons in the ultra competitive USAC/SCCA-sanctioned Formula 2000 series. With the handicap of racing on a limited budget, Tim was still able to string together several competitive races and was a respected driver in the series. Tim also competed in multiple seasons of Zerex Saab Pro Series, Barber Dodge National Series, and ran in the Star Formula Mazda Series as well.

Tim’s driving instruction experience spans fifteen years, and multiple venues. For a decade, he worked for Motorsports Experience International, instructing students on the finer points of driving IROC-type stock cars and Panoz GTS sports cars. Since 2007, Tim has been instructing at the Bondurant School.

RACING EXPERIENCE

  • Skip Barber Formula Ford 1600
  • Formula 2000
  • Zerex Saab Pro Series
  • Barber Dodge National Series
Andy Lee

Mechanics and drivers need to be sympatico in order to get the best results. No problems for Andy Lee: he’s both! From 2003 to 2008 in the Phoenix Kart Racing Association, Andy worked as his own mechanic, and piled on the wins and podium finishes. Kart Sport magazine named...

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Andy Lee

Mechanics and drivers need to be sympatico in order to get the best results. No problems for Andy Lee: he’s both! From 2003 to 2008 in the Phoenix Kart Racing Association, Andy worked as his own mechanic, and piled on the wins and podium finishes. Kart Sport magazine named him “privateer of the year” in 2007, and as a Tony-Kart/ Kosmic team driver, he scored two wins and two third place finishes to win the 2008 Florida Winter Tour Championship.

From there, he raced in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup across North America from 2008-2010; he was one of thirty drivers selected out of more than 500 applicants. He ended the ’08 season in 10th, but in 2009, he set two track records, had three podium finishes, and finished second overall in points. For 2010, he worked alongside former Indy car driver Jan Haylen as an instructor. He also raised independent sponsorship to race in the Volkswagen Scirocco Cup at Brands Hatch, the first compressed natural gas race series; in a field of thirty drivers, including ex-F1 shoes, Andy placed 11th.

More recently, Lee (and a team of co-drivers) placed 10th in the 1600cc Pro Class at the Baja 1000, and he will be competing in SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge, behind the wheel of a new Camaro, as you read this. Andy has been with the Bondurant School since 2010.

RACING EXPERIENCE
  • Phoenix Kart Racing Association
  • VW Jetta TDI Cup
  • VW Scirocco Cup
  • Baja 1000 (1600cc Pro class)
  • SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge