It’s an unprecedented opportunity for today’s up-and-coming racecar driver and driving enthusiasts, many of whom have long dreamed of training in a state-of-the-art, brand new open-wheel formula racecar.
The Bondurant High Performance Driving School officially announced today the new F4 open-wheel race car training program, giving auto enthusiasts the opportunity to train in a competitive, modern and state of the art single-seat, open-wheel car.
The only school in the nation to offer this type of equipment package, powered by Honda, the Bondurant F5 School will begin scheduling courses in late December. Automotive enthusiasts and drivers will have multiple course options to participate in to get behind the wheel of a Ligier JS F4 racecar. The first class is currently scheduled for early March.
Classes are open to anyone with the desire to further their skills as a competitive driver, for those seeking a SCCA Pro License or enthusiasts who have dreamed of driving a true open wheel race car.
“We are very excited to begin our partnership with Bondurant High Performance Driving School,” said Ligier Automotive Chief Executive Officer Max Crawford. “Since we initiated the U.S. F4 Championships in 2016, it has always been a goal of ours to have a program with a driving school.”
Crawford also noted that Bondurant’s long-standing emphasis on safety and superior instructional performance helped encourage the partnership.
“The F4 U.S. Championships have now grown to become the largest average F4 fields in the world,” he said. “It’s extremely important that drivers that do have the desire to compete in the championships show up well-prepared. A school that teaches the same championship curriculum in the same Ligier JS F4 racecar, can only be a huge benefit for drivers. Bondurant’s strong reputation and quality instruction made perfect sense for us and we welcome them on board.”
Bondurant has a longstanding partnership with Sports Car Club of America, and because of the school’s new F4 training capabilities, it now has the ability to award SCCA PRO licenses to graduates of the class who have met all the required performance standards.
“For over 50 years, the Bondurant School has utilized open-wheel formula race cars in our training programs. Never before have we had the opportunity to bring brand new state-of-the-art open wheel racecars and equipment into our advanced programs,” said Bondurant Chief Instructor Mike McGovern. This investment as well as the relationships derived from it, is a direct result of new ownership and their long-term vision and commitment to the school and the industry.”
As someone who has done the Bondurant school twice (in 2000, and again in 2017), I can tell you that they’re arguably the best driving school in the nation. I’m super excited to visit them again and check out their new F4 school, as it sounds like a ton of fun!