May 1st, 2011:

Olympus MaxAttack! Event Update and Unofficial Results

As previously mentioned, the MaxAttack! event will be scored on the first six stages at Olympus due to the unfortunate loss of one of our rally friends.

Here are the updates from the teams from the last service last night, and how the teams ended up for the first round of the 2011 MaxAttack! Series.

-Tom and Don Burress said their #437 Volkswagen GTI was doing well and that the oiling issue was under control. They drove hard and took 10 seconds out of Wyatt Knox and Ole Holter’s #333 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 on the first run of Brooklyn. It wasn’t quite enough though, as they had a bit more to make up, so the team would wind up 2nd in MaxAttack!, just 10 seconds back. A very good effort by a local grassroots team!

-For their part, Wyatt Knox and Ole Holter drove a fast, consistent rally from start to end in their #333 Mazda Mazdaspeed3. The car was robust and the team was very quick. They will take home 1st place points for Olympus MaxAttack! for their efforts. Congratulations, Wyatt and Ole!

-Dave Henderson and Terrence McDowell really picked up the pace over the last four stages! They brought the #711 Mazda Mazda3 from 6th to 3rd in 27 stage miles! Excellent effort for the pair. The car held up great. Just a minor exhaust leak, but no major issues.

-ACP and Robbie Durant reported no real problems, but the crew was working under the hood of the #20 Scion xD when our reporter stopped by. As others picked up the pace, ACP and Robbie fell off just a bit, finishing 6th, missing the final MaxMoney position by a mere 2 seconds! Andrew just wanted to say that he was “really having fun running in a 2WD car again.” I think the team has signed up to run the regional event on Sunday, perhaps using the stage time to get the car sorted a bit more before it’s next outing. But all in all, it was a good result for a new, untested rally car!

-Brian Gottlieb and Patrick Darrow were cool as a cucumber at service, saying they had no issues and no drama, but the pair must have been pushing the #466 Honda Civic pretty hard, as they kept their 4th place position as others were moving around them. At the finish, they were just 11 seconds adrift of Henderson/McDowell.

-Adam Crane and Britta Nielsen was another team with little drama. The only quote we could get from him was “MORE POWER!” The also held their position to bring the #742 Toyota Corolla home in 5th, the final MaxMoney spot. They were just 14.5 seconds behind Gottlieb/Darrow at the final time control.

-Just 10 seconds adrift of ACP, Dave and Rick Hintz brought back the #207 BMW M3 in 7th position on it’s maiden voyage. The team had planned on swapping the slipping clutch for Sunday, but managed to nurse it to the effective end of the MaxAttack! event. The car was finished mere hours before the start of the rally, so it was a very good result for an untested ride. We look forward to seeing Dave and Rick compete again in their new MaxAttack! machine!

-Kris and K. Edward Dahl were surffering from an intermittent engine problem that broght the #258 Honda Civic down to 3 cylinders from time to time. After driving at stage speed, the car seemed to fix itself, but they were a bit wary. Another grassroots team, the pair have no service crew. Someone drove their truck to the service area for them so they could work on the car themselves. They brought the Honda home in 8th place, 30 seconds behind the Hintz brothers.

-Sean Medcroft and Jenne Medcroft dropped from 8th to 16th when the 6 axle bolts that hold one side of the rear axle to the diff flange on their #141 Merkur XR4Ti sheared off at the starting line of one stage. The pair had no choice but to work on the car in the control, which added more penalty to the time it took to actually improvise an impromptu repair. Tough break for the team.

-No issues reported from Garth Ankeny and Russ Kraushaar in the crowd favorite #96 Saab 96, but they certainly had their own battle going, as they finished just 1 single second behind the Dahl’s!

-Kristen Tabor reported that they had a “big moment” on the loose gravel of Smith Creek that scared mom/codriver Janice. She said they pushed very hard on Brooklyn to try to beat brother Mark in his 4WD car. The daughter/mother team brought the #231 Acura RSX-S home in 10th.

-Those Tabors like to stick together, and father, Bruce Tabor, with codriver Tim Maple brought their #222 Nissan Sentra SE-R home right behind his daughter in 11th with no real issues after fixing their broken strut from earlier.

-Dave and Jenatte Clark report that their #509 Toyota Celica was suffering from overheating, but they found if they removed the lamp pod to get more air to the radiator, it would stay cool enough to continue. They brought the car home in 12th position at the end of the day.

-Brian McGuire and Jennifer Kraus had an exhaust system come loose on their #419 BMW 325i but the crew got it handled at service.

-The rookie team of Dustin Embrey and Jeffrey Stoner brought their #206 Toyota Corolla into the final service with a transmission so noisy it was painful to listen to. They can say they finished their very first rally, though, which is an accomplishment!

So, for the Western Round of the 2011 MaxAttack! Series at Olympus Rally, here are your MaxMoney winners:

1st ($1,500.00) Wyatt Knox/Ole Holter–Mazda Mazdaspeed3

2nd ($1,200.00) Tom Burress/Don Burress–Volkswagen GTI

3rd ($1,000.00) Dave Henderson/Terrence McDowell–Mazda Mazda3

4th ($800.00) Brian Gottlieb/Patrick Darrow–Honda Civic

5th ($500.00) Adam Crane/Britta Nielsen–Toyota Corolla

Congratulations all, and take care of yourselves and each other out there today.

March 1st, 2011:

Knox Sweeps 2WD Win at 100 Acre Woods

Salem, MO – Mazda Driver Wyatt Knox took his first National two wheel drive class win this past weekend at Rally in the 100 Acre Wood based in Salem, MO, the second round of the Rally America National Championship Series. The victory was greatly attributed to two days of clean driving by Knox and excellent in-car communication with his new teammate Ole Holter, the 2010 Super Production Co-Driver Champion. The team’s finish boosts Knox in National 2wd standings to 2nd just 2 points behind driver Dylan VanWay.

Knox charged out of the start Friday in the Mazda Speed3 to gain a lead on the field after the first day of competition, putting the team in great standing for the second day of racing. Saturday Wyatt posted more blistering times for the win; pleased with his stage times he said “there was one 11 mile stage that we finished in under 9 minutes, which is almost unheard of in 2wd rallying”. The team finished 3 minutes ahead of 2nd place Chris Greenhouse and Brian Johnson and over 6 minutes in front of VanWay in 3rd. This year’s race gave the competitors a challenge with extremely wet conditions, causing water crossings and flooded stages after a heavy rainfall; circumstances the Team O’Neil driving instructor could handle.

Coming off the momentum of the 1st place class finish the team looks to prepare for the next event in the Championship Series on the west coast for the Olympus Rally in Ocean Shores, WA on April 30th and May 1st. Knox and Holter will be racing the remainder of the season together including some Canadian events, and are looking to build on their successful first rally together.

For a video of highlights on Wyatt Knox and Ole Holter’s race at the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood visit here http://mattjohnstonrally.com/RA100AW/Wyatt100AW.mp4.
Wyatt Knox would like to thank his sponsors Mazda, BF Goodrich, Team O’Neil, Blanco Basura Racing, Ogontz Group, and S&S Precision for their continued support. For more information on Wyatt Knox visit his website at www.wyattknox.com and for further information or sponsorship opportunities please email [email protected]

January 22nd 2010:
Rally World News
Turning to the next Chapter in U.S. Rallying

Yet another fast 2WD man, Wyatt Knox, is expected to be behind the wheel of one of the Team O’Neill R2 Ford Fiestas later in the year. But, he will contest Sno*Drift in the TON Mazda 3SPEED. Knox, an instructor at Team O’Neill Rally School is also a dab hand on ice.
With the added incentive of the Sno*Attack cash, we expect to see an epic battle between these and the other fast 2WD competitors.

December 27th 2010:
Dub Daily

Rally driver Wyatt Knox wants to take rallying into the action sports world and plans to do so with his recent backside, car slide video. In a front-wheel drive 1992 Subaru Legacy and with a well-placed log on Team O’Neil Rally School’s closed course, Knox provides pure action sports entertainment…rally style!

Decemeber 22nd 2010:

Car Domain Autoholics Blog

If you think Rob Dyrdek pushed the envelope with the skateboarding Mustang, wait until you see what Wyatt Knox of WyattKnox.com has done with his Subaru! Using a fallen timber as a rail along with a slippery mountain slope, Wyatt pushed his Legacy to the limit by successfully performing a flawless rail slide and recovery. This guy is what makes a Subaru a Subaru! Check out the video after the jump, then see more awesome rally footage at Tampa Sports Car Examiner.

December 21st 2010:

Examiner.com

Thanks the genius mind of Wyatt Knox from WyattKnox.com, we get to see on video what it takes to make a Subaru Legacy perform a rail slide on the snow. Setting up some timbers on a very slipper slope, the Legacy was cocked sideways using the e-brake and perfectly pulled off what is claimed to be the “first ever rally car rail slide”. A smooth transition off the rail and back onto the path, Wyatt Knox pulled off this rail slide without flaw.

Even though this is claimed to be the first ever, some are saying that it has been done before. Do you recall the skateboard Mustang by Rob Dyrdek? That must have been where this idea came from, but technically that wasn’t a rally car; it was a drift car. Which one is better? Well this one, of course; it’s a Subaru! Sure rally cars have done this before, but never intentionally! Most of the time when they grind on a tree it is while flying through the air at 80+ mph and smashing their way through the forest. As a Subaru fan and owner myself, I must say job well done to Mr. Knox! You sir are what makes a Subaru, a Subaru.

December 21st 2010:
Edmunds Inside Line: Straightline Blog

“Hey ya’ll, watch this!” while looking at Subaru Legacy and a fallen log is a vastly different proposition when you’re O’Neil Rally School instructor Wyatt Knox.

As awesome as this is (and really, it is), next time we want to see a darkslide, Knox.

December 21st, 2010:

Rallyfix.com

We’ve seen a few rail slide attempts in cars and this one trumps them all. Vaughn tried 50/50ing the Mustang on a long rail with guides under the car – it was pretty whack. The guys on Nitro Circus have done rails on a quad which was pretty sketchy, but it worked – sometimes. Wyatt Knox, an instructor at Team O’Neil, is able to boardslide a Subaru like no one has ever tried – I especially like the ninety to switch landing. Sick.
Well done Mr. Knox.

December 21st 2010:

DirtyImpreza.com

Wyatt Knox 1 Ken Block 0

saw this over on nasioc and thought ide share with the the fine dirtyimpreza members.

this is wyatt knox railsliding a subaru legacy, i had the chance to have wyatt as a driving instructor at TON, and let me tell ya he is a very amazing driver so without further adu

Originally Posted by Jalopnik
He can’t ollie, but Team O’Neil instructor Wyatt Knox did figure out another way to grind a 1992 Subaru Legacy using a felled tree, an icy approach and a dab of oppo. Well yes, someone had to try it.

If you’ve never heard of Wyatt Knox, you haven’t been paying attention to grassroots 2WD rally competition. Knox and his Mazdaspeed3 have been podiuming like mad in both Rally America and RallyCar U.S. Rallycross Championship competition. Like many up-and-comers, Knox is mostly a crew of one, wrenching his way through rally service as well as driving.

“Don’t ask where I got the idea for this one,” Knox writes on his blog about the railslide attempt. “Guess I spend too much time either snowboarding or in a rally car, it just seemed natural to try and boardslide a Subaru down a snowy log on an icy hill. Nobody really knew what to expect, most people thought the car would break in half, somehow it worked out fairly well.”

Your move, Mr. Block.

December 20th, 2010:
Japlopnik.com

Yes, You Can Railslide a Subaru

He can’t ollie, but Team O’Neil instructor Wyatt Knox did figure out another way to grind a 1992 Subaru Legacy using a felled tree, an icy approach and a dab of oppo. Well yes, someone had to try it.

If you’ve never heard of Wyatt Knox, you haven’t been paying attention to grassroots 2WD rally competition. Knox and his Mazdaspeed3 have been podiuming like mad in both Rally America and RallyCar U.S. Rallycross Championship competition. Like many up-and-comers, Knox is mostly a crew of one, wrenching his way through rally service as well as driving.

“Don’t ask where I got the idea for this one,” Knox writes on his blog about the railslide attempt. “Guess I spend too much time either snowboarding or in a rally car, it just seemed natural to try and boardslide a Subaru down a snowy log on an icy hill. Nobody really knew what to expect, most people thought the car would break in half, somehow it worked out fairly well.”

Your move, Mr. Block.

December 17th 2010:

Ford Racing and RallyCar announce inaugural Fiesta Sport Trophy schedule
Friday, 17 December 2010 17:03
Ford Racing and RallyCar announced today that the inaugural Fiesta Sport Trophy championship for the United States will kick off June 3 at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) in Wellsboro, PA, and be comprised of seven events over four weekends, culminating at the Lake Superior Rally on October 15.

The winner of the Fiesta Sport Trophy Championship will receive a ride in a Fiesta R2 at the 2011 Rally Great Britain.

Sanctioned by RallyCar, the Fiesta Sport Trophy championship will run as part of RallyCar’s 2WD class at four events. Each day of competition will represent a round of the FST championship.

The schedule includes:

Rd1/ June 3 Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally, Wellsboro, PA

Rd2/ June 4 Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally, Wellsboro, PA

Rd 3/ July 15 New England Forest Rally, Newry, ME

Rd 4/ July 16 New England Forest Rally, Newry, ME

Rd 5/ Aug. 26 Ojibwe Forest Rally, Bemidji, MN

Rd 6/ Aug. 27 Ojibwe Forest Rally, Bemidji, MN

Rd 7/ Oct. 15 Lake Superior Performance Rally, Houghton, MI

“Ford Racing has always supported customers and enthusiasts who enjoy their Ford products in performance settings,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford North America Motorsports. “Ford Racing’s partnerships with Miller Motor Sports Park for the Mustang Driving Experience and recently with Team O’Neil Driving School for the Fiesta Rally Experience have been at the forefront of this effort. The Fiesta Sport Trophy championship is the next step in the process giving enthusiasts an opportunity to compete in their Fiesta.”

“Ford Fiesta and the Fiesta Sport Trophy bring world class interest to RallyCar’s two wheel drive competition,” said J.B. Niday, Managing Director of RallyCar. “Ever since Fiesta was introduced there have been a number of teams and competitors which have expressed interest in both the Fiesta and now the Fiesta Sport Trophy championship. I believe this is only the beginning of a long relationship for RallyCar, Ford Racing, and the U.S. rally community.”

Fiesta R2

Ford Racing Performance Group announced at earlier this year at SEMA that it was bringing the M Sport developed Fiesta R2 package stateside to let enthusiasts turn their five-door Fiesta into a Fiesta R2 that’s ready to compete on the roads of RallyCar’s Rally America National Championship.

The R2 package offers a series of performance upgrades including powertrain enhancements to the 1.6-liter Ti-VCT four-cylinder engine to deliver 168 horsepower and 134 lb.-ft. of torque.

Other upgrades include:

Five-speed Sadev sequential gearbox with flat shift gear cut
Reiger adjustable dampers with Eibach springs
Ventilated disc brakes with AP four-piston competition calipers
Team O’Neil Rally School in New Hampshire is official reseller for the Fiesta R2 rally. Team O’Neil also offers Ford Racing Fiesta Rally Experience, the only rally experience offered by a manufacturer in North America, and that provides aspiring rally drivers with the opportunity to learn how to drive on a rally course in a Fiesta.

“The R2 kit provides a fantastic performance and dynamic upgrade for the already strong and light Fiesta platform, transforming it into an instantly competitive and durable rally car,” said Tim O’Neil, founder and president. “We’re really excited to be able to offer this to North American rally drivers.”

The Fiesta Sport Trophy championship will be supported by a contingency fund for competitors. Details are being finalized and will be announced in early 2011.