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!

Franki has been involved in the auto industry since 1990, when she joined Pro Formance Driving Events and Motorsports, a national ride and drive company and sister organization to Arizona’s only  CART professional Indy Car Team fielding driver Scott Pruett at the time. There, she worked directly for the owners, who were experts in the field of automotive events and included racing names like Breedlove and Unser.  She then spent 18 years at Firebird International Raceway, working directly for NHRA Funny Car legend and track owner Charlie Allen, who originally brought the Bob Bondurant school from California to Arizona.

Since leaving Firebird Raceway in 2013, Buckman has been a media and event consultant to a myriad of brands and companies in the automotive industry, including Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Dragboat Racing Series, Harley Davidson, Napa Auto Parts and more. Most recently she worked for an Omnicom-owned advertising agency, working on Chevrolet Tier 2 advertising campaigns in multiple southwest markets including the Phoenix area.  An Arizona native, she currently resides in Chandler with her husband, a former racer himself and second-generation Indy car crew chief and mechanic. Buckman’s sons also entered the motorsports industry and raced at an early age; her oldest son is still an active racecar driver today.

Dan Dineson serves as the Director of Marketing and Sponsor Relations at the Bondurant High Performance Driving School. In this role, he manages day-to-day marketing activities including advertising, PR, sponsorship fulfillment, social media engagement, website development and trade show management.  Dan is no stranger to Bondurant; he worked at the school from 2001 to 2010 when he managed the Ford Motor Company and later General Motors sponsorship programs.  It was during this time he was bit by the road racing bug, completing every Bondurant course and igniting his love of motorsports.

Before re-joining Bondurant, Dan operated his own specialty and collector car dealership for several years. Prior to opening his dealership, he worked in the automotive field as a territory sales manager and director of marketing.  He has extensive experience with automotive wholesale, dealerships, performance parts, and B2B sales.

Dan has been involved in motorsports since his first Honda 50 motorbike as a kid, including motorcross dirt bikes, quads, jet skis, up to full-built road race cars. He has driven NASA, SCCA, ProAutosports, SpeedVentures, Porsche Club, BMW Club and HookedOnDriving events. His driving credentials include time on some of the world’s most iconic tracks including Laguna Seca, Sonoma, LV Motor Speedway, Spring Mountain, Inde Motorsports, Arizona Motorsports Park, Wild Horse Pass Raceway, Chuckwalla Valley Speedway, Portland International Raceway, Phoenix International Raceway, Oregon Raceway Park, Willow Springs Raceway, Fontana Speedway and more.

A true automotive aficionado, Dan hand-built a Factory Five Cobra replica in his garage, and has owned over 100 vehicles including two Delorean DMC-12’s, Dodge Viper, Porsche 911, Corvette Z06, BMW M cars, Datsun 240Z’s, oddballs such as a Starions, Conquests, Ferrari 308 GT4, Ferrari 348, Turbo Trans Am, Bandit Trans Am, well as more than 20 track cars.

Dan can be reached at ddineson@bondurant.com

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

Danny Bullock has been a lead instructor at the Bondurant High Performance Driving School for more than a dozen years. His presence at the School, and his demeanor with the students, are a result of years of motorsports experience as a racer, instructor, coach, precision driver, and speaker.

When Danny Bullock is not on the track instructing Bondurant students, he is racing in a touring series with NASA and AZRA. Danny started in performance driving in 1998 and has experience racing in various production-based racecars. A highlight of his racing career is a strong second-place in points finish in 2006 ASA/Pro Autosports Super 7 class.

Bullock teaches students of all ages and experience levels in all the courses offered at the Bondurant School. Danny’s communication skills make him a valued asset in the military training and executive protection courses that the School offers. “Those guys are hungry to learn and quick to absorb everything you teach them,” he says. “It makes my job challenging and rewarding at the same time.”

Danny Bullock has appeared ‘behind the scenes’ in many big screen productions such as “The Kingdom” and a foreign film shot in northern Arizona. Working on the set with a major film production as a precision driver has allowed Bullock experience in many facets of high performance and precision driving.

  • 2nd place – 2006 ASA/Pro Autosports Super 7 class
  • Formula Vee and Production Cars
  • SCCA
  • ASA
  • NASA
  • AZRA

A native of Michigan, Rob’s first taste of racing started in the early nineties when he started his racing career driving Formula cars. With his goal the CART IndyCar Series, the next seven years saw Rob compete and collect several victories and podiums. His racing resume includes Shifter Karts, Formula Fords, the SCCA Formula 2000 Pro Series, as well as the IMSA Barber Dodge Pro Series. His high performance driving experience spans over 20 years and includes multiple racing platforms such as IROC stock cars and GTS SportsCars.

Rob began instructing at the Bondurant School in 2010. Now a lead instructor, he finds gratification in teaching the Forza Grand Prix Road Racing classes, Advanced Road Racing and Formula Mazda programs to aspiring racers. He is also a lead driver on the IMSA Bondurant Tudor SportsCar Championship Safety Car and Hot Lap program at all of the sanctioned IMSA Tudor SportsCar races in North America, as well as a lead instructor on the Hyundai Driver Development programs at the Hyundai California Proving Grounds in Mojave, CA.

Rob lives in Ahwatukee, AZ., with his wife Lisa and their daughter Emily. As an avid mountain biker, Rob can also be found on the local trails or competing in mountain bike races across the Southwest.

“The most rewarding part of my job is being able to see the students enjoy a new experience and seeing dreams come true,” said Will Parker. Parker is an instructor at the Bondurant High Performance Driving School and a racer. He began instructing at the Bondurant’s SuperKart School in 1996 while attending Arizona State University and became an instructor in the car school after graduation.

Will started at the Bondurant School as a part-time parts runner, general mechanic, and karting instructor, but that all changed one day when Bob Bondurant took him for a trip in his helicopter and asked him to move from the kart school to the cars. “He asked me what my plans were after graduation,” said Parker. “I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, but he asked me to stay as a full-time instructor, and here I am today.”

Parker loves his job as an instructor because of the varied backgrounds of the students that attend the classes. “You get to meet a lot of interesting people and hear their stories,” he said.

Will instructs many of the different types of classes, but his favorite to teach is the Grand Prix Road Racing class, which is offered for three or four days. “I find it really fulfilling to see the students progress over the length of the course. They learn new skills quickly in a sport that is pretty difficult,” Will remarked. Parker best describes his job as fun, fulfilling, and, at times, eye opening.

Parker currently instructs courses full-time at the Bondurant School and races shifter karts in his spare time, staying in touch with his racing roots. He hopes to do more off-road racing in the future. According to Parker, racing and instructing are two facets to the sport that bring so much fun into his life, and he could not live without either

Race Experience

  • IKF 125cc Shifter Kart competition
  • Phoenix Karting Club Shifter Kart Series Racing

“I was the only kid in third grade reading the F1 racing report about Mario Andretti,” says William Hawkins. Hawkins is an instructor at the Bondurant High Performance Driving School and a racer. At a young age he wanted to go to Europe and race F1 and then he fell in love with Indy car racing. Hawkins says he also realized that open wheel racing in the United States is not as popular as it is in Europe.

Hawkins has raced in many different vehicles, different series, and different states. He takes that well-rounded racing experience and applies it each day as an instructor. “I have worked with so many cool people as an instructor here (at Bondurant); I am thankful for all my fellow instructors and the experience the school offers to everyone!” Hawkins said about his 10-year history at the School. He emphasizes the bond the instructors share as critical to being successful.

A degree from Portland State University in Business Administration is what caught the attention of a hiring manager for Hawkins to be an instructor in the first place. Hawkins sent his resume to many of the driving schools in the country for a marketing position. He had so much racing experience that the Jim Hall Karting School in Ventura, California, called him to be an instructor. After a year in California, Hawkins brought his knowledge of karting to Bob Bondurant in 1997 to launch the Bondurant SuperKart School. “It was a great opportunity to work with Bob and build a great school,” said Hawkins.

Hawkins is currently engaged in instructing all the courses at the Bondurant School, as well as pursuing sportscar and off-road driving opportunities.

Race Experience

  • IKF Sprint and Shifter Kart Champion
  • CCA Formula Ford
  • Spec Ford
  • SCCA Sports 2000
  • SCCA Touring
  • 360 Sprint Cars

Tyler’s racing aspirations started at a very young age, his love for the sport had a simple start by going with his father, to a local indoor go karting track. The karts were not very fast so it helped Tyler develop a smooth driving technique in order to maintain momentum through the corners. Over the years that technique still shines through in whatever wheel he gets behind.

After an outing to the newly built world class racing facility in Tooele, Utah formerly know as Miller Motorsports Park, where Tyler received a high speed hot lap experience from one of the tracks professional drivers, a fire of passion was lit in Tyler.

From that point on he decided to take the steps in pursuing a career as a professional race driver. He has since raced everything from 125 shifter karts, and been ranked among the top drivers in the country, to open wheel formula cars and GT cars.

Everyday he continues gaining knowledge and experience in all sorts of different vehicles and in all sorts of different driving scenarios, from slow mobility off road driving and off road racing, tactical maneuvers, and of course the wheel to wheel road racing skills he started developing before he could legally drive.

Race Experience

Sprint Racing:

  • ASA Hornet Class Rookie of the Year in 2008
  • Ranked 2nd Utah Karting Championship and Ranked 17th over all in the US in 2010
  • Colorado State Karting Champion in 2014
  • NASA ST3 Class 2016

Endurance Racing:

  • Chump Car World Series C Class 2017
  • World Racing League GP1 Class 2017
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