The Bondurant School of High Performance Driving Has New Owners
The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving has been acquired by Florida-based Stig Investments Inc., a group of entrepreneurs, racing enthusiasts and automobile collectors. Located in Chandler, the legendary performance racing school is the world’s only purpose-built driver training facility and the largest of its kind anywhere.
The new owners have signed a 10-year lease with the Gila River Indian Community, owners of the 100-acre property, which features a 3-mile, 26-turn and 11-multi-configuration track.
All seven school instructors have been retained: five full time and two part time.
“The owners and the employees have a passion for this school and look forward to working hard to revitalize it into an international destination,” says Bruce Belser, one of four Stig group investors and the newly appointed school CEO.
A two-time Bondurant graduate, Belser has founded several businesses and served as a corporate and Delta Airlines commercial pilot. Before that, he was a fighter pilot and U.S. commander in the U.S. Air Force.
The Bondurant School of High Performance Driving maintains 100-plus race-prepared vehicles, sedans, SUVs, and open-wheel formula cars. The performance Dodge fleet includes Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models, the 840-horsepower Challenger SRT Demon and the Viper ACR.
The new owners and partner FCA US LLC have announced that the school will continue as “The Official Performance Driving School of Dodge//SRT.” Based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US is part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies.
“Our continued Dodge//SRT partnership with the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving gives our passionate customers the opportunity to learn how to get the optimum performance from their new vehicles in a controlled environment,” says Mark Malmstead, head of Dodge//SRT marketing and communications. “Together, we have the perfect setting for a fully immersive driving experience like no other.”
“Throughout the past several months, we’ve continued to welcome many students and gained great interest among sponsors, as demonstrated by our continued Dodge relationship,” Belser says. “We plan to continue to deliver the ultimate guest experience and a best-in-class work environment for our employees.”
New Dodge//SRT owners can register for a class by calling 800.998.1110. All other visitors to the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving can register for training at Bondurant.com or call 800.842.RACE.