Bondurant High Performance Driving School Names CEO/GM - Engine Builder Magazine

Bondurant High Performance Driving School Names CEO/GM

Franki Buckman, a recognized leader in track management and the racing world, is committed to retaining the school’s legacy while welcoming the next generation of auto enthusiasts and drivers.

Bondurant High Performance Driving School announced that Franki Buckman, tenured track leader with a history of operational, sales and marketing success with motorsports programs and properties, has joined the company as its CEO and GM. In this role, Buckman assumes responsibility for all operations of the school including strategic and day-to-day oversight, the guest experience and team management. 

Franki Buckman

Bruce Belser, one of the investors who purchased the school in May, will turn the keys of the operation over to Buckman after having served as its top leader during the first six months under new ownership. His expertise in transition was critical to the operation and he will continue to hold an ownership stake in the company.

“We thank Bruce for the foundational work he and the team have done to build on for the future,” said John Arney, chairperson of the Bondurant board, “and we look forward to execution of the strategic plan, led by a seasoned industry insider who understands how to operate and evolve a track for the next generation.”

Buckman 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.

“I had the opportunity to work directly with Bob 25 years ago and I’m thrilled to have the chance now to help carry on the unique method of driving instruction that the long-tenured team of trainers at the school still teach today,” said Buckman.

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 race car driver today.   

“The automotive industry, high performance driving events and motorsports in general are really more a part of who I am now. It’s in my blood,” stated Buckman. “I look forward to being further immersed in the industry as part of a team representing a brand that I am not only familiar with, but truly believe in. I’m excited to work with a top-notch staff and team that’s proven over the years they are truly second-to-none both in service and knowledge and have been responsible for the consistent high-quality experience the Bondurant clients and guests receive every day.”

For more information: www.Bondurant.com or (800) 842-7223.

You May Also Like

Dayco Recruits Craig Frohock as its New Aftermarket/Belt CEO

Dayco, a leading engine product and drive systems manufacturer for the automotive, heavy-duty and industrial market segments, is delighted to announce that Craig Frohock accepted the opportunity to join Dayco Aftermarket and Belts as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 16, 2023. Reporting directly to the Board of Dayco, Craig is responsible for the business

Dayco, a leading engine product and drive systems manufacturer for the automotive, heavy-duty and industrial market segments, is delighted to announce that Craig Frohock accepted the opportunity to join Dayco Aftermarket and Belts as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 16, 2023. Reporting directly to the Board of Dayco, Craig is responsible for the business unit’s global operational performance and strategic direction. 

WyoTech to Unveil New Campus Expansion

WyoTech, a leading U.S. automotive, diesel, and collision trade school, announces it will host an open house on Nov. 19 to unveil the 90,000-square-foot expansion to its Laramie, Wyoming campus. The $16 million expansion will allow the school to increase its capacity to 1,200 students to accommodate a rapidly growing enrollment. Related Articles – Holley

Holley Announces 2023 Event Dates

Holley Performance Parts has revealed the dates for its popular high-performance race events, including an all-new gathering for LS enthusiasts in Texas.  Related Articles – Nominations Open for SEMA Hall of Fame – Shelby American to Build 750hp Mustang for Carroll Shelby’s 100th Birthday – The 2023 Engine Performance EXPO Starts Today! Holley is again

2023 Drive for Diversity Driver Development Class Announced

NASCAR and Rev Racing have announced the next generation of drivers participating in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Following a national and international search, eight talented drivers were selected for the newest class after participating in the Advance Auto Parts Drive for Diversity Combine. Related Articles – Lucas Oil Welcomes 15th Year

Joe Morrison Teams With Herzhauser for Switch From Top Fuel to Funny Car in 2023

Joe Morrison, who gained a loyal following over his first three seasons in Top Fuel, will switch to the nitro Funny Car class in 2023, driving for East Coast-based owner Mark Herzhauser. Related Articles – Jesel Valvetrain Founder Dan Jesel Has Passed Away – Josh Steinmetz Named Hot Shot’s Secret Brand Manager – Hoonigan Co-Founder

Other Posts

NGK Spark Plugs Adds Jeffrey Schlenker as GM of Purchasing

NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.)—the Wixom, Michigan-based manufacturer of ignition parts and sensors—has announced Jeffrey Schlenker has joined the company as general manager of Purchasing.   Related Articles – Ralph Sheheen Among Inductees for 2023 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame – SEMA Statement on the Status of the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act –

Ralph Sheheen Among Inductees for 2023 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame

The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame has announced its 2023 inductees, who will be honored on Saturday, June 3, for the 33rd induction ceremonies in Knoxville, Iowa. Among the names is SPEED SPORT’s Ralph Sheheen, who also serves as the host of PRI’s Grand Opening Breakfast.  Related Articles – Introducing Screen to Speed Powered

SEMA Statement on the Status of the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act

SEMA and PRI must share that despite strong Congressional backing and extraordinary support from the racing community, the 2021-2022 Congressional session is ending without passage of the RPM Act. Related Articles – Hot Shot’s Secret Signs Two Year ODSS Title Sponsorship – Chris Douglas Named President, CEO of Edelbrock Group – Kyle Fickler Joins ProCharger

Race Winning Brands Strengthens MGP Connecting Rods Team

As a leading manufacturer of performance components for the automotive and powersports markets, Race Winning Brands (RWB) is proud to announce a new member of its dedicated team to further support customers and racers with the addition of Ross Clark in a Technical Sales role, focused on the MGP Connecting Rods brand with supplementary support