Our team of professional driving instructors will give you the most entertaining and educational performance driving experience available anywhere.  With many racing championships under their belt in varying disciplines, our team has also been through extensive instructor training courses and are ready to teach you the skills you’re looking for in a laid-back, fun environment.

Founder

Tim O’Neil

Tim O’Neil
Founder

Tim O’Neil has won five production-based US and North American Rally Championships. Tim was a factory driver for Volkswagen and Mitsubishi through the late 80s and early 90s, and drove for the official Air Force Reserve team in the early 2000s. Tim earned a reputation for his driving skill early on in his career, beating many (and often all) of the Open Class teams with two-wheel-drive cars. He is also one of the very few American drivers to have competed internationally.

Through the mid-90s, Tim worked with a number of manufacturers teaching advanced driving techniques and launching new products. He also instructed over 3,000 students at driving schools in the United States, England, Scotland, and Wales. In 1997, Tim opened the Team O’Neil Rally School with the vision of building the best driving school in the world.

Tim is now partially retired, and works directly with our management to develop our curriculum and schedules, trains our instructors, and continues to oversee operations at the school, constantly refining and adapting the curriculum to stay current with the times.

Instructors

Travis Hanson

Travis Hanson
Director of Training

Travis is in charge of all courses and instructors here at the Rally School, and has been with the team since ’07. He’s been racing successfully since ’05 and is the only driver to ever win a rally Overall with a Super Production car, is a National Rally Champion, and has competed in the X-Games several times.

Chris Rennie

Chris Rennie
Facility Manager/Lead Instructor

One of our veteran instructors, Chris has been with Team O’Neil since ’09. From leading courses here at Team O’Neil to managing our road network and trail systems, Chris has been a huge asset to the team. Chris also grooms ski trails at Cannon Mountain and has worked for many years with the White Mountain National Forest.

Tom Peplinski

Tom Peplinski
Instructor

Tom spent many years in the ski industry designing and building terrain parks at Loon Mountain and Waterville Valley. He’s now one of our top instructors and has won many autoX events including a SCCNH Championship. Tom also helps to coordinate and instruct at our Drift Schools.

Jamie Philippe

Jamie Philippe
Instructor

Jamie recently joined Team O’Neil. As a former Team O’Neil student, Jamie has firsthand experience being on the receiving end of our instruction. Jamie’s background includes experience as a lift mechanic and operations supervisor at New England ski areas.

Jacob Serino

Jacob Serino
Instructor

Jacob has been with Team O’Neil since 2014, and comes from a varied background including several years of professional driving for the US Ski Team as they tackled the World Cup series all across Europe. Jake is valued member of our full-time instructor team here at the Rally School, and looks forward to competing in rally events in the future.

Allen Welch

Allen Welch
Part-time Instructor

Allen comes to us after a long career in law enforcement and has been instructing professionally for many years. He’s also an expert canine trainer and plays bagpipes with NH Pipes and Drums, who recently opened for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Brent Trail

Brent Trail
Instructor

When not running sub-5 minute miles, Brent coordinates many of the operations on the motorsports side of Team O’Neil. He’s been personally competing in Rally-X since 2008 in his ’91 Honda CRX.

Steve Laroza

Steve Laroza
Instructor

Steve comes to Team O’Neil with an extensive background in off-road and desert racing, having competed successfully for many years in the Dakar Rally, Baja, Best in The Desert Series, and many more. Steve now Races the Rally America series in a Subaru STI when he’s not teaching here at the school.

Chris Komar

Chris Komar
Instructor

Chris has been with Team O’Neil since ’02 and is one of our veteran instructors. He’s also one of the top race mechanics in the US, and travels the world with Subaru Rally Team USA and Global Rallycross.

Dan Downey

Dan Downey
Instructor

Dan has a long background in New England grassroots rally racing. Dan made the move from Massachusetts to join the team, probably because we still have some BMW E30s in the RWD fleet.

Alan Moody

Alan Moody
Instructor

Alan has competed successfully in many different kinds of auto racing, and has been working with Team O’Neil off and on for around eight years. Alan also helps to coordinate and instruct at our Drift Schools.

Admin

Chris Cyr

Chris Cyr
General Manager

Chris has been in charge of operations and business development here at the rally school for five years.  He’s been instrumental in forming partnerships, managing course operations, securing contracts, and works directly with Tim O’Neil to develop Team O’Neil into the safest, most fun, and most instructive performance driving school in the world.

Wyatt Knox

Wyatt Knox
Special Projects Director

Past Rally Champion Wyatt Knox spent many years as Lead Instructor here at the school, and has competed in races all over the world. He now handles much of our marketing and media, as well as course development, instructor training, and much more.

Pam Bowman

Pam Bowman
Controller

Pam has been with the team since 2011 and handles the majority of the office-related tasks here at the school. Her first car was a Volkswagon Bug, and she loves all things chocolate.

Karl Stone

Karl Stone
Marketing Director

Karl joined Team O’Neil in 2016. His background includes promoting skiing and tourism in New Hampshire. He grew up around motorsports and has enjoyed attending rallies for 20 years.

Mechanics

Jesse Emerson

Jesse Emerson
Fleet Manager

Jesse is responsible for our fleet of 70+ rally school cars as well as equipment, and comes from a serious technical off-roading background here in the northeast. Jesse has been with Team O’Neil since ’11 and has worked for both Ford and GM, is ASE certified, and is an experienced metal fabricator.

Tom McVetty

Tom McVetty
Master Mechanic

Born and raised in NH, Tom is a master tech and spent 20+ years with GM. He’s been with us since ’09 and is an invaluable member of our shop crew.

Jarred Ainsworth

Jarred Ainsworth
Mechanic & Motorsports Truck Driver

Jarred has been with the team since ’12, and is coming up through the ranks in local circle track racing where he recently earned the Rookie of the Year Award. Jarred works on the cars and travels North America supporting our Motorsports program.

Josh Dyson

Josh Dyson
Mechanic

Josh is a well rounded mechanic with a background in automotive, diesel and heavy equipment repair. In his spare time he likes to be with his family. He also has a passion for building and restoring fast cars. His dream car is a 55 Chevy with a dual quad big block.

Rob Colpitts

Rob Colpitts
Fabricator & Bodywork

Rob is our resident fabricator and bodywork expert. He’s been with Team O’Neil since the beginning and is a long-time friend of Tim.

Josh Guay

Josh Guay
Vehicle Detailer

Josh (Tummy) recently joined Team O’Neil and is in charge of detailing the school cars and prepping them for daily class use. Tummy spent many years working at Bretton Woods Ski Resort, is an avid golfer, loves live music and is a big Subaru fan.

AJ Young

AJ Young
Fabricator and Bodywork

AJ recently joined the team and brings many years of expertise. His work helps to keep the school cars presentable and in working order after some of the hard-driving they endure.

Motorsport Division

Pascal Belperron

Pascal Belperron
Motorsports Manager

Pascal has been with Team O’Neil for many years and is one of the most qualified rally mechanics in The States. He’s also an avid hillclimb racer and has competed successfully in several rally events with his Saab 900 turbo.

Marcel Belperron

Marcel Belperron
Motorsports Tech

Marcel Has been with the Team O’Neil crew for several years, and is an expert motorsports mechanic. He supports the team American Rally Association National Championship events. He also competes in hillclimbs and rally events.

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