CHANDLER, Ariz. – July 8, 2019 – Bondurant School of High Performance Driving and Dodge//SRT announced today the addition of a new drag racing instructional program. Available for any enthusiast seeking to learn the art of drag racing, students will learn from behind the wheel of a pair of Dodge//SRT high-performance vehicles, including the limited-production, 840-horsepower Challenger SRT Demon and the 717-horsepower Challenger Hellcat Widebody.
The program is breaking new ground as the first of its kind to offer professional drag racing instruction to the public for the record-setting Challenger SRT Demon, which is no longer in production. The first two course dates have been scheduled for Saturday, July 27 and Saturday, August 17, 2019, with additional courses announced in the coming weeks. Each course is $1,999 per driver, with a maximum of 16 drivers per class.
“We’re thrilled to offer this new drag racing program with our partners at Dodge//SRT,” said Bruce Belser, CEO of Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. “Drag racing is an adrenaline-filled motorsport that requires a certain set of skills. Our new course will help drivers of every skill level improve their technique and drop their quarter mile time behind the wheel of the most powerful street-legal production car.”
Designed, engineered and built for absolute drag strip domination, the limited-production 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is powered by the 840-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Demon V-8 engine, making it the most powerful muscle car ever and the world’s fastest quarter-mile production car with an elapsed time of 9.65 seconds at 140 miles per hour, as certified by National Hot Rod Association.
Students will also learn behind the wheel of the 717 horsepower 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. In the coming months, Dodge//SRT will expand the lineup to include the 797-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and the car named for the quarter mile, the Dodge Challenger 1320.
Classroom instruction for the full-day school will begin with a 40-minute drivers’ meeting, where Bondurant instructors will address the basic skills of performance driving. The introductory meeting will include a description of the course curriculum, driver’s responsibilities during the class and safety.
Drivers will then be introduced to the Dodge//SRT vehicle performance features. Instructors will take drivers in the school’s skid car to help them develop proper throttle control skills and skid recovery.
The second 30-minute drivers meeting will cover the fundamental rules of drag racing, line lock burn out, staging technique, reaction time, drag lights and safety. On-track instruction will be under the direction and supervision of a professional Bondurant instructor. Each student will get 6 single lane runs, including a wet-box burnout, stage and 1/8 mile-pass.
“Drag racing is the purest form of motorsports and continues to grow in popularity, especially among young enthusiasts,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “Opening the Bondurant drag school to everyone is both a once-in-a-lifetime chance for those performance enthusiasts to drive the record-breaking Challenger SRT Demon, get time behind the wheel of our Dodge//SRT performance car lineup, and learn how to drag race in a controlled environment from world-class instructors.”
The new Dodge//SRT Bondurant Drag Racing Program will be held at Bondurant’s world-class facility and the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, an official NHRA drag strip, which sits on approximately 600 acres in Chandler, Arizona. Enrollment for classes is now open. For more information and to register call 1-800-842-7223 or visit www.Bondurant.com.
About Bondurant School of High Performance Driving
The Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, located in Chandler, Arizona, is the only purpose-built driver training facility for performance enthusiasts and the largest driver training center of its kind in the world. At the heart of the 600-acre racing facility is a 1.65-mile, 15-turn, 4-multi-configuration road course. An 8 acre basic training area-skid pad. The school maintains over 100 race-prepared vehicles, sedans, SUVs, and open wheel formula cars. For more information about the school, visit www.Bondurant.com or call (800) 842-7223.
Dodge//SRT offers a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out in their own segments. Dodge is America’s mainstream performance brand and SRT is positioned as the ultimate performance halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.
For more than 100 years, the Dodge brand has carried on the spirit of brothers John and Horace Dodge, who founded the brand in 1914. Their influence continues today. New for 2019, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is possessed by the Demon. Its 797-horsepower supercharged HEMI® high-output engine makes it the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car reaching 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.4 seconds and the fastest GT production car with a ¼-mile elapsed time (ET) of 10.8 seconds at 131 mph. It also reaches a new top speed of 203 mph. Joining the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with its more powerful 717-horsepower engine, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody, which features fender flares from the SRT Hellcat Widebody and adds 3.5 inches of width to Scat Pack’s footprint, as well as the new Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320. Infused with exclusive drag strip technology from the iconic Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is a drag-oriented, street-legal muscle car and a blank canvas for the serious grassroots drag racer. The 2019 Dodge Durango SRT, America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV with a best-in-class tow rating of 8,700 lbs. fills out the brands’ performance lineup. These visceral performance models join a 2019 brand lineup that includes the Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger — a showroom that offers performance at every price point.