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Mike McGovernMike McGovern is closing in on 33 years with the Bondurant High Performance Driving School, 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, he 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, Mike 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.


Mike McGovern continues to race and, with the help of former student and friend Jim Click, McGovern has competed in the Koni Challenge series, Miller Cup Mustang Challenge, IMSA Continental Tire Challenge and HMSA Vintage racing.

Racing Experience

  • Late Model Asphalt & Dirt
  • IMCA Modified
  • Motorola Cup
  • Stunt Precision Driving
  • Grand-Am Koni Challenge
  • HMSA vintage racing
  • IMSA Continental Tire Challenge



20000 S. Maricopa Road, Gate #3
Chandler, AZ 85226

20000 S. Maricopa Road
Chandler, AZ 85226