A new season breeds new life for young Canaan O’Connell, offspring of GM racing Legend Johnny O’Connell . The Younger O’connell made his pro racing debut in Utah last season in the TechSport Racing Chevy Sonic TCB machine where he posted a remarkable 2nd place finish in his first race. Naturally the GM connection and incredible result impressed everyone greatly, enough to immediately put the wheels in motion to secure a return in 2017. Surely this will be a joy to see for anyone who has met Canaan as he is truly a great young man.
TechSport team principal Kevin Anderson says, “From the first time you meet Canaan it is clear he is something special, a really great kid. He doesn’t rest and rely on his name. He is very well spoken and has a great attitude all the time. On top of that, he is a great natural talent with speed and consistency well beyond his years or experience level. We are really excited to have him back and give him another opportunity and we hope to be a part of his career for along time. We know he will be fighting for wins.”
Of course having the name and some good references have helped, however O’Connell has largely forged his own path. While his father lives in the Atlanta area, Canaan makes home in Chandler, Arizona as an Instructor at the Bondurant School of high performance driving, where his dad also once worked. Despite his seat time gained instructing with Bondurant and various other organizations, O’Connell’s wheel to wheel racing experience is very limited which makes last years results even more impressive and shows his true natural talent.
”Getting another opportunity to race on the professional level feels comfortable beyond belief. I was curious to see how well I would stack up with the other Touring Car drivers, having limited wheel-to-wheel experience in comparison to most of the field. There’s a lot of talent in the TCB category, so to have success in my debut race weekend last year at UMC, I feel like I’m right where I need to be.
I think my chances of having another successful Pirelli World Challenge race weekend is pretty high, especially considering that it will be my first time at the track. My on track skill set has improved dramatically over the off season, thanks to the Bondurant Racing School. I’ve also been doing more physical training than I ever have, so my confidence level is high.
I have a lot of people to thank for where I’m at right note in my racing career. Most of all my dad, for giving me the tools necessary to do this job the right way. I also have to thank my Mom, sister Kelly, and girlfriend Alyssa for always believing in me and keeping me on track (pun intended).
Also a huge thank you to the guys at the Bondurant Racing School, Kevin Anderson and TechSport Racing for all of their hard work, Elia Popov, the Fastuca family, and the Anderson family. They mean the world to me, and I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now if it weren’t for them.”
Tech Sport Racing is a professional race team based in Long Island, New York. Tech Sport will be competing in the 2017 TCB and TCA championship. For more information on their program please visit http://techsportracing.com/