Bondurant Racing School Gets A New Name And A New Life

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It will be the home of Radford Racing, partially owned by Jenson Button.

In 2018, the Bondurant Racing School in Chandler, Arizona closed its doors after 57 years of teaching some of the best hotshoes, biggest actors, and average Joes how to race safely. It was purchased in May 2019 by a small group of enthusiasts and has now been renovated, revamped, and renamed as the Radford Racing School, but is still the official partner of Dodge/SRT, which means its racing Dodge Challenger Hellcats will still be available.

The Radford name comes from the famous coachbuilder out of London in the 1940s. Harold Radford was first a Rolls-Royce and Bentley dealer before he began making special bodies for Bentleys with bigger trunks, fold-down seats that became a bed, tables with mirrors, and more. In the '60s he started making special Minis.

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The new team doesn't include any Radfords, but it does have a few names you may have heard. English television star Ant Anstead joins F1 champion Jenson Button, car designer Mark Stubbs and business partner Roger Behle. They want to revive Radford as a "modern lifestyle brand that celebrates auto design and performance, high-performing driving and racing.

The Radford school will continue to be the home of Dodge and SRT, who are the primary sponsors. The drag racing course features the 840-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, while other high-performance vehicles, including the Challenger SRT Hellcat, Charger SRT Hellcat, and Durango SRT are some of the options available for the on-track performance driving experience.

The school also features the purpose-built Ligier JS F4 open-wheel vehicle, vintage and dangerous Dodge Vipers, go-karts, and more.

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"We've rapidly progressed in enhancing and reintroducing this facility as the world's premier experience for the next generation of drivers," said Mike Kessler, general manager at the school.

They include the first resurfacing of the track in 30 years, enhancements to the event center, visitor center, student lounge, and elsewhere. It has also diversified its offerings with new classes on open-wheel race cars and drag racing.

"To cap off these moves that broaden the appeal of the school while retaining its legendary reputation, we're announcing the name change," said Kessler.

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