Christy Carlson - SCCA champTeam O'Neil has something special lined up for next month. The home of perfecting the art of rally driving on the East Coast will offer a special women's two-day school August 18-19. The class will feature all of the standard classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training with the school's regular instructors, as well as input from a couple of special guests who know more than a little bit about competing as a woman. Verena Mei, a former Formula D and Redline Time Attack driver and Christy Carlson, a National SCCA Solo champion, will both be on hand to instruct, encourage and answer any questions.

Carlson first crossed paths with Team O'Neil back in 2008, when she won a three-day course from the school while competing in SCCA. When she's not working on her dissertation in a quest to complete her PhD in Meteorology and Climatology, she's been busy in the SCCA rally world. She's also the first and only woman to walk away with a trophy at the SCCA Rallycross National Championships and was the quickest female at both Sno*Drift and the 100 Acre Woods events this year.

"There are lots of women who would love to take the course just as it is," Carlson said, "but with a women's only course, it gives women the opportunity to not feel like they have to compete."

The school will cover basics like left foot braking, using the throttle to steer the vehicle, accident avoidance, types of skids and the basics of weight transfer and pendulum turns.

"Both myself and Verena Mei will be there to help sit with the drivers and provide additional insight on techniques as female competitors."

The whole package will cost $1,897, and will include vehicles, safety equipment and lunch on Saturday. Head over to Team O'Neil site for more information. Watch Carlson lay waste to the 100 Acre Wood in her 2002 Subaru WRX by scrolling below.

While Team O'Neil is technically the first rally school in the country to offer an exclusively female curriculum, word has it other rally schools are set to do the same. Both Rally Ready in Austin, Texas and DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie, Washington are reportedly working on similar programs. Stay tuned.



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      Serge Alexander
      • 2 Years Ago
      ooooo That's sooo great I would totally send my girl there!!!!! sometimes the ones that daily drive uber careful surprisingly "have what it takes"...off-road.
      flychinook
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting that this is ok, but a whites-only basketball league probably wouldn't be...
        MotorworldHype
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flychinook
        For the "men" complaining that a women only rally course should not exist need to go find the jar with your balls in it and take them back. There are plenty of women only things just like there are many men only things. Comparing it to racial discrimination is just stupid. If basketball is your thing why don't you write a petition letter so that you can join the WNBA? Also, women-only driving courses have been around for years. This one is just likely one of the first to teach a racecraft. Anyway, people are acting like there is some type of women only rally series. This is just a class at a rally school. Calm down..
      Chuggowitz
      • 2 Years Ago
      "but with a women's only course, it gives women the opportunity to not feel like they have to compete." clearly women never compete with one another, only with men. Anyone else find this moderately sexist?
        wrxgrl
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chuggowitz
        For some women, the sport can be intimidating, with so few women involved. There are those that may want an environment where everyone is just like them. Everyone has their own preferences, and there is the open course as well for those who like a mixed crowd. This is simply an option.
        Serioso
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chuggowitz
        Hold a men's only course and get back to us.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope they don't lose an eye.
        RampantFury
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Nice job, rating up your own comments. Funny how pigs like you use a tragedy to use as an excuse for sexism.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Ducman69
        • 2 Years Ago
        What a jerk off thing to say. Women are good for lots of other things, like making sandwiches.
        SunnyDli+3
        • 2 Years Ago
        You really never have gotten laid have you... What a doosh!
      dinobot666
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stage Rally and Rallycross are sanctioned by Rally America, not the SCCA.
      Robert Niknam
      • 2 Years Ago
      Girl in the pic is cute. Ya, that's all I cared.
      d.hollywood
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure the cutie in the pic is a competent rally racer...and it would appear that the natural SRS for her torso was well designed. :-)
      Nick Allain
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've always been temped to give Team O'Neil a go. That said, my vertigo hates autocross, I imagine it REALLY hates rally.
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