OUR TEAM

Passionate. Driven. Enthusiasts.

You simply won’t find a more dedicated, performance-minded group of people than you will at Bondurant High Performance Driving School. The talented women and men who make up our team are not only accomplished business professionals, but also share a deep love for high performance driving and edge-of-your-seat racing.

For more than 50 years, we’ve been at the forefront of world-class driver instruction. Not only have we coached countless Formula 1, Grand Prix and Indy racers to the winner’s circle, and helped Hollywood actors prepare for their leading roles in blockbuster films, but we’ve trained generations of men, women and teens – just like you – become better, more proficient drivers.

So whether you’re looking for high performance driver instruction, help planning your next never-will-forget corporate event, developing a  sponsorship program, or taking advantage of first-class marketing opportunities – the Bondurant High Performance Driving team is ready to kick your goals into high gear!

Mike Kessler is the Director of Sales and Business Development at Bondurant High Performance Driving School. In this role, Mike oversees the development and implementation of the school’s sales, sponsorship and new business growth strategies and initiatives. Additionally, he is responsible for developing relationships and building business strategies for the school’s sponsors and working to create solutions to achieve their business and marketing objectives.

In addition to his passion for motorsports and car collecting, Mike is also a sports and fitness enthusiast. Prior to joining Bondurant High Performance Driving School, Mike operated multiple One Stop Nutrition stores across the Valley where he oversaw sales, marketing, inventory and daily operations. Between 2013 and 2018, Mike was a Division Sales Director for Genuine Parts Company where he oversaw 500+ sales executives, managers and owners, and organized profitable sales programs with Indy Car, NASCAR and NHRA.

Mike nurtured his passion for motorsports while serving as the Sales Director at Firebird International Raceway between 2005 and 2013. During his time there, he built a multi-million dollar sponsorship sales program for large corporations and small businesses, as well as individuals.

When Mike isn’t creating successful sales programs, he fills his time helping others as a volunteer and dog walker, and developing his talents as an artist and music producer. Some may refer to him as the songbird of his generation.

Mike can be reached at mkessler@bondurant.com

Mike 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