“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
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