Team O’neil driver Wyatt Knox has been a busy man. In the past month, 2 Rally America National Championship races have been held, and Knox has gained a commanding lead in the series after a 1st place finish at the Olympus Rally in Washington, and a 2nd place finish at the Oregon Trail Rally based out of Portland OR. He also leads the MaxAttack National Rally Championship.

The Olympus Rally was the first west-coast racing venture for Wyatt Knox, a resident of Franconia. After a 1st place finish in Missouri a month before, Team O’neil and Wyatt Knox went to Washington in search of Rally America and MaxAttack! Championship points. Tragically, towards the end of the first day, we all suffered the loss of one of our good friends and competitors. Rally Driver Matthew Marker slid off the road and lost his life, causing the officials to end the race.

Knox returned home to NH, leaving the Mazda Speed3 and support vehicle on the west coast. After a week of teaching car control at the Dalton, NH based Team O’neil Rally School, he and crew chief Ed McNelly flew back west for the Oregon Trail Rally. At the unfortunate end of Olympus, Knox was leading the 2wd rally and was therefore awarded championship points, thereby going to Oregon 19 points ahead in the series. Oregon roads are treacherous though, and the competition was fierce. Knox lead the first two days of the rally, but on day 3 his Mazda sputtered and misfired after a deep water crossing, causing him to finish in 2nd place. Knox chalked it up to his own lack of experience, “We knew the car had problems in deep water after Missouri’s river crossings, we just never expected that the sudden heavy rains to wreak as much havoc as they did. We have a protective shield for the Mazda’s air filter that we use for deep water, I should have known we were going to need it. Won’t make that mistake again.” Luckily, the error only cost Knox 1st place.

Knox and the Team O’neil Mazdaspeed3 will next compete at the Susquehannock Trails Rally, the first weekend of June, in Pennsylvania. After that, he returns to the New England Forest Rally in July, with the legendary Mt. Washington Hillclimb in between if there is time. The Team O’neil Rally School is open year-round for anyone interested in the sport of rally, as well as for everyone who endeavors to be a better all-weather driver. With more awareness and better car control, we can make the roads a safer place.

Wyatt would like to thank Team O’neil Rally School, Mazda, Allen Dobasu, ABL Lights, Buell Wetsuits, MaxAttack! and Alex Roy of Team Polizei for their continued support. Wyatt would like to personally thank the following people that made his trip possible to the Olympus & Oregon Trail Rallies, Michael Reilly, NiceNines, Colin Herrick, Karl Stone, TS Illuminations, Paul Willemsen, Casey Macaulay, Michael Doucette, Tinalyn Caisse, Robert Mayo, Sean Lane, Bryan McQueen, James Jordan, Caswell Motorsports, Lenard Greco, Tim Maskus, Nick Collins, Ron Zaras, WASHPA Racing, New England Subaru Club, Inc. Gene Raymondi, Jonathan Hatch, Pine Needle Card Company, Matt Wiley, Tim Brown, and finally Scott Knox for being the best dad ever.

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