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INSTRUCTOR – CANAAN O’CONNELL

Bondurant Instructor Canaan O'ConnellCanaan O’Connell is an American Professional Racecar Driver, and son of Sports Car Racing legend Johnny O’Connell. Canaan was originally hired as a Facilities Technician in 2014 which led to other opportunities within the School such as working as a Fleet Technician and Kart Instructor where he was able to test drive cars and work on them. Currently, Canaan is the driver of the #24 Techsport Racing Bondurant Chevy Sonic in the Pirelli World Challenge Series, as well as a full-time driving instructor at the Bondurant Racing School. Although he has done more informal racing with his dad and other professional race car drivers at the Bondurant School rather than a series, it has proven nothing but beneficial in his newly achieved “Pro Racing” career.

Canaan’s first full series of racing began in 2015 with NASA in the Time Attack class, where he would go on to become the 2015 Unlimited class Champion in the So Cal region. That Year, Canaan also competed in the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the most dangerous race in America. He would place 5th in the Unlimited class.

2016 was Canaan’s first year of wheel to wheel racing, driving in the ultra-competitive Spec Miata class in SCCA’s Milwaukee region. Equipped with a car built for a High-School project and not competitive enough for the podium, Canaan honed in on perfecting his race craft. And although not being able to podium, he accredits his current success to those races with a non-competitive car. At the end of 2016, Canaan was given the opportunity to compete in his first professional race in the Pirelli World Challenge Series, a race which he would finish in 2nd. That same year, Canaan became a full time racing instructor at the Bondurant Racing School- coaching both performance street and racing vehicles.

2017 was Canaan’s first opportunity to run a full series of “Pro Racing”, in the Pirelli World Challenge Series. So far this year Canaan has won 3 out of 6 races, and been on the podium 5 times. He continues to drive on track every day, perfecting his driving at the Bondurant Racing School.

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20000 S. Maricopa Road, Gate #3
Chandler, AZ 85226

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P.O. Box 51980
Phoenix, AZ 85076

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