Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Bondurant Racing School
We also start with a variety of driving exercises geared to teach you the basics of car control. Only after you’ve established a solid foundation will you be able to drive to the best of your abilities.
As far as the cars go, we do not put any RPM or speed limits on them, except for the Slalom course and Accident Avoidance exercise. While other schools may start you at 3,000 RPM and gradually move you up, we feel you need to explore the car’s limits from the very beginning.
One of the biggest distinctions is the fact that we have our own purpose-built, state-of-the-art training facility here in Phoenix, Arizona. Bob designed everything with high performance and race driver training in mind, from the 1.6-mile racetrack and 3.5-acre asphalt pad, to the classroom and garage complex. We also feature the most advanced exercises and equipment, such as our Skid Cars.
The Chevy Corvette, Chevy Camaro, and skid cars are also perfect training vehicles. They are fast, handle well, and extremely reliable, but more importantly, they offer the right kind of feedback critical for driver training. All vehicles allow us to ride and drive with you in the car, and our 3-to-1 student-to-instructor ratio gives you plenty of quality individual attention.
You simply cannot teach a skill such as high performance or race driving from the outside. How would you like to learn to fly a helicopter with your instructor standing on the ground?
While we are part of the Wild Horse Pass MotorSports Park facility, we have our own 60-acre area including our track, training pad, garages, and office buildings. We also have access to three other tracks at WHP MotorSports Park, which we sometimes use for our Advanced Road Racing courses.
On the road, we offer mobile Formula Bondurant courses at Phoenix International Raceway. We also conduct special courses for car clubs at racetracks across the country and in Canada.
In 1990, we packed up everything and moved to the state-of-the-art WHP MotorSports Park facility which we built. Bob always wanted to have his own location where he could design everything specifically for driver training. The facility we have now in Phoenix is fantastic!
For large group events and custom courses, we may deviate from the 3-to-1 ratio. Often, we’ll break the group into equal numbers of participants, depending on the overall size of the group.
When you find a date you would like to sign up for, we require a 50% deposit, usually with a credit card. Some courses, including Performance Driving Challenge and Performance Driving Experience, require full payment. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. We reserve a space for you over the phone, send you a confirmation packet and ask you to return the student enrollment form by mail.
The balance will then be due at registration the first morning of your course.
One (1) free reschedule is allowed if more than 30 days before a scheduled course date. Any additional reschedules if more than 30 days before a scheduled course date cost $250.00 each. Rescheduling 29-11 days before a scheduled course date cost $500.00 or 50% of the course deposit, whichever is less. Rescheduling 10 days or less before a scheduled course date will result in a 50% forfeiture of the course price.
Refunding more than 30 days before a scheduled course date will result in a $250.00 fee. Refunds 29-11 days before a scheduled course date will result in a $500.00 fee or 50% of the course deposit, whichever is less. Refunds 10 days or less before a scheduled course date will result in a 50% loss of the course price.
Grand Prix Road Racing students must be 18 years of age and comfortable operating a manual transmission in preparation for the Formula Mazdas. Minors must have a parental waiver to attend the School. And remember, teenage course participants are required to have at least 6 months driving experience in addition to a valid driver’s license.
You are responsible for your own travel, accommodations, and meals. We have relationships with several nearby resorts and hotels which offer terrific rates for Bondurant students. Please ask your sales representative for further details.
If you desire to express your appreciation to your instructor or other Bondurant staff, it is acceptable to offer a tip and it will be appreciated; however it is not required or expected. At the Bondurant School it’s all about the students!
To limit your risk, we’ve adopted an insurance program to alleviate any potential financial burden.
While other schools may not hold you responsible for damage, they’ll never let you find the car’s true limits. Others that let you on a racetrack will limit your speed so much that it’s impossible to get into an accident, but it’s also impossible to learn. Only at Bondurant will you drive to your limits.
If you have your own safety equipment and would be more comfortable wearing it, please feel free to bring it.
And remember, every student is assigned their own car ensuring maximum driving time. The only car students share is the Skid Car, where you will have the opportunity to learn while another drives.