Bob Bondurant congratulates Andy Roach of Ahwatukee at the Advanced Center, Ahwatukee. Photo John Prumatico

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Ahwatukee Foothills resident Andy Roach has been selected to be part of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, courtesy of the world-famous Chandler facility, Advanced Auto Service and Tires Centers and the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.

Roach, along with two other winners, will be able to schedule a three-day Road Racing Course at the Bondurant School, experiencing hands-on training from racing professionals.

The winners were randomly selected from the other 2,500 contestants who entered the contest.

The Bondurant School, located near the Firebird International Raceway, will give winners the opportunity to drive a C6 Corvette and an open-wheel Formula Mazda car.

Each winner will have a full year to attend the three-day Grand Prix Road Racing Course, and are able to schedule times at their convenience.

Roach, 55, was surprised when he received the call informing he won the Bondurant School gift certificate.

Being originally from the Motor City, Roach has always been interested in cars, especially ones with muscle.

He went to Advanced Auto Service and Tire Center in Ahwatukee at Warner Road and 48th Street to get his car serviced and saw information about the contest.

He decided to play his luck, hoping to win.

“I’m a regular at Advance Auto and just decided to see if I could win,” Roach said. “It was strange because they called me on a Saturday morning about me winning, and I thought it had to do with my car.”

Roach said that he is excited for all aspects of the three-day course because the instructors know what they’re doing, and it’s going to be a fun experience.

He also added that the contest consists of 80 percent hands-on driving to learn basic maneuvering skills, and 20 percent in-class learning.

Having a basic background in cars, Roach is ready to soak up all the knowledge that the Bondurant School has to offer.

“I’ve never driven the cars before, but I’m looking forward to being in back of the wheel with so much horsepower in the engine,” Roach said.

• Daniel Ochoa is a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is interning this semester for the AFN.

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