Snow Racing and Wright Motorsports Dominate Laguna
Madison Snow made it look easy this year at Laguna Seca. Right from the get go he Qualified .283 ahead of the Effort driver Urry. As the green flag dropped for race one Madison never let up. The second place qualifier Urry tried to make a move on Madison at the start but could not hold his position. Madison now turning fast lap after fast lap, got off to a steady lead. As the forty-five minute race continued Madison held a strong pace. A race restart at lap eighteen caused Madison to push until the end. Resulting in a race lead of 2.011 seconds ahead Ashley Freiberg. Madison starting from pole for race two was confident after the race one performance. He knew he must get out to an early race lead because the rest of the field was out for blood. Madison took control of the race from the first few corners and never let up. Consistent laps and smooth driving by the young seventeen year old gave him another amazing finish with a gap over second of 2.377 seconds. A solid sweep of the weekend for the Snow Racing/ Wright Motorsports team.
Snow Racing Heads To Sebring
Snow Racing is headed to Sebring International Raceway for the 2013 61st Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. Snow Racing teamed up with Wright Motorsports will be competing in the IMSA GT3 cup platinum class. Madison Snow is looking for a win this year at Sebring to start the season off right.
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Madison said. “This track is awesome, really high speed, its fast, its technical, but it’s smooth.”
Snow Racing approached the weekend knowing they would have very little track time. This made it very important to be near the top for every session if they were planning to come out on top after the hour and a half of total time on track.
The practice session was a great start for the weekend. Being the first time on the track for anyone, Snow commented “The track is amazing, it is so smooth. There is not one corner that I dislike. There are many corners that are very technical, they take time to ‘get,’ but I like that. It means a lot to just be able to race on the same weekend with F1.” Madison, driving his #62 911 Porsche GT3 Cup Car being tuned by Snow Racing and Wright Motorsport’s posted the fastest lap in the only practice session.
The team made adjustments to improve the handling of the #62 car before qualifying. Snow was able to post the car in the third position on the last lap of the session for the start of Sunday morning’s race. Not quite where Madison wanted to start but he was confident he could drive the car to the front.
Race time came early Sunday morning. The stands were jammed packed with all the fans waiting for the start of the Formula 1 race later in the day. This was a spectacular sight for both drivers and crew. The green flag dropped and Madison moved up one position on the start to occupy the second position behind Phil Fogg Jr. in the #40 Porsche. Madison stayed right on his bumper for the first five laps finding the perfect place to make a pass. Then on lap six the sixteen year old made his move into first place into turn fifteen, an aggressive but clean pass by the #62 pilot. Snow began to pull away lap after lap, he was clearly the fastest car on the track. Posting extremely quick sector times through the high-speed chicanes. He took the checkered with a 3.7 second lead over the second place car.
The weekend was a great success for Snow Racing and Wright Motorsport’s after coming out on the top at such an amazing event organized by COTA in support of Formula 1. We all want to thank COTA for a remarkable experience and hope that it will happen for years to come.
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The start was great from pole position and Madison began to stretch a lead. Then after a yellow flag and some lap traffic, Johnston caught up and passed the 62 of Snow. Sean was setting a strong pace but Snow was not far behind. Once again the race went under yellow. Madison knew he had an opportunity to take back the lead. There was just not enough time for him to set up a clean pass. It was a strong second place run for the Snow Racing Team.
Madison was starting on the outside of the second row for race two due to his times in race one. After the green flag dropped it was a struggle but Madison managed to stay in fourth position on the exit of turn four. He was now following Mills, and continued to for a few laps. Patiently waiting until he might make a mistake. Then Mills did, driving himself off the track on the exit of turn five. Snow then caught right up to his teammate Fernando Pena. The race went yellow and Madison continued to run in third until the finish. Another podium finish for Madison to cap of his successful year in IMSA.
“It was a great season over all. I am so glad I finished second in the points and to have Wright Motorsport’s win the team championship as well as sweep the drivers’ championship is incredible. Snow Racing came in second behind Wright for the team championship and that is awesome because we are really one big team. This year was so much fun I progressed as a driver on and off the track. Thank you to everyone on my team who helped me develop more and more through the year.”
Road Atlandta: Final IMSA Race Of the Season
Snow racing and Wright Motorsports are headed to Road Atlanta this week to finish off the 2012 IMSA GT3 Challenge. Madison will be looking for a victory to finish off his successful season in IMSA. Melanie still recovering from her accident at Road America will be joining Madison this weekend as a driver coach.
Laguna Seca Was a Success
Round five and six of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge was held at the magnificent Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterrey California. This track is very difficult and is famous for the fans favorite corkscrew turn. Point’s leader and IMSA GT3 rookie Sean Johnston was looking for victory at Laguna to stretch his lead over second place and fellow Wright Motorsports teammate Fernando Pena. But the Snow Racing entry of Madison Snow was not going to make any win easy.
Fridays qualifying was a tight one. Madison Snow managed to grab pole with a blistering fast lap of 1:28.171. Three tenths back was the GMG driver of Bryce Miller. And in the third spot was Wright Motorsports driver Sean Johnston half a second behind his teammate Madison. The gold class the order read; Melanie Snow at a 1:30.713, then Angel Benitez Jr follow by David Calvert-Jones. The top gold drivers were within one tenth of each other, it was not going to be an easy race.
The day was perfectly clear and started warming up around race time. As the green flag dropped Snow got passed by the second place of Bryce Miller. Madison quickly went to work getting by Miller and Johnston followed suit. It was now Johnston and Snow out front once again. Read More.