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Driving school makes deal with Gila River Indian Tribe

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Firebird Raceway's future is all but certain as their lease on the Gila River Indian Reservation runs out in Spring 2013.

The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving is one of the main draws down at Firebird Raceway on the southern end of the valley.

But rumors that the Gila River Indian Community is not going to renew the lease for the race track sent ripples toward the bondurant school, who leases their own property from firebird.

"At that point is when we started speaking with the tribe and working with them and we will basically be tenants of the tribe now," said Darren Law.

That's the plan, anyway, according to driving school COO Darren Law.

Firebird's lease, which has been intact on reservation property for the last 30 years, expires in the spring.  It looks like the facility, which hosts hot rodding, drag boat racing and other events, will have to find a new home.    

As for the school?

"Verbally we've agreed to an extension for our lease and really it's just a matter of putting the paperwork and getting all the details sorted out, but the bondurant school plans to stay on that facility," said Law.

So there's no standoff here, no problems between the Bondurant School and the tribe.

In fact, Law drove a Corvette in Saturday's parade near Ft. McDowell with Gila River Indian Community Governor Gregory Mendoza.

"I would say we've got a great partnership with them and a great relationship with them and that's why I'd say we're very confident that everything will be extended and well stay where were at," said Law.

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