STUART, Fla. (Aug. 6, 2014) – Madison Snow continues to expand his racing résumé this weekend in the Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) IMSA Lites racing machine. The 18-year-old Snow will race the No. 29 Extreme Speed Motorsports Elan DP-02 for rounds 9 and 10 of the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Snow, a native of Lehi, Utah, earned a spot to pilot the black and lime green Prototype Lites machine by impressing ESM owner Scott Sharp. Snow first competed in the ESM Prototype Lites entry during rounds 5 and 6 held at Watkins Glen International in June. He finished 24th in his first race and vastly improved with a seventh-place finish in the second race.
For rounds 7 and 8 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Snow started a streak of top-10 finishes and earned ninth- and fourth-place finishes, respectively.
He’s looking to continue that streak and work his way onto the podium at Road America. Snow will take to the 4.048-mile, 14-turn permanent road course for two practices, one qualifying session and two races this weekend – Saturday’s 30-minute race and Sunday’s 45-minute race.
Snow and the No. 29 Extreme Speed Motorsports Prototype Lites car is paddocked alongside ESM’s No. 1 and No. 2 Tequila Patrón-sponsored Honda Performance Development ARX-03b prototypes from the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series. ESM is competing in the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at 1:15 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Snow began his racing career at age 5 in go-karts. In 2010, still an avid go-kart racer, Snow transitioned into Mazda Miata race cars and at age 14 finished second overall in the Miller Park Racing Association (MPRA) series at Miller Motorsports Park. The following year, Snow graduated to Porsche race cars.
In his 2011 season, Snow became the youngest driver to win a Porsche Cup race. He finished first in the 2011 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Gold Cup Championship, then second in the 2012 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Platinum Cup Championship.
At the age of 17, Snow made history by winning the 2013 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Platinum Cup Championship – the youngest champion since the series inception in 2005. In his championship year, Snow dominated the field with 12 podium finishes in 14 races, which included six wins, 10 pole positions and three track records.
While chasing the IMSA GT3 championship in 2013, Snow competed in four GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series races and two American Le Mans Series race. At the season finale at the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, Snow was part of the pole- and race-winning Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 997 GT3 Cup team.
Following the ALMS and GRAND-AM merger, now the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Snow has split his time between the ESM Prototype Lites car and the family-owned Snow Racing Porsche 911 GT America GTD car. His best finish of this season was a third place at the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Qualifying for IMSA Prototype Lites prototype cars takes place at 4:05 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug 9.
The Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda race Round 9 race (30 minutes) takes place on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 10:40 a.m. The Round 10 race (45 minutes) takes place Sunday, Aug. 10 at 8:05 a.m.
“We have always had huge admiration for the Snow family. Madison is a terrific young talent! After all of his success and speed he has shown in a GT car, I applaud him for honing his abilities in an aero car.
“It’s been exciting for all of us at ESM to help him with this acclimation. I’m positive he will prove very successful in both disciplines. We’re proud to have him represent ESM in the Prototype Lites series.”
“We’ve only run two race weekends with Madison and he’s doing well. We’re looking forward to see how Madison does at Road America since it is such a fast circuit.”
“I’ve driven with ESM for the last two IMSA Lites races. I’ve known Ed, Scott and the team for a while and admire what they’ve accomplished. ESM is one of the best teams in the IMSA paddock. It is a team that I’ve always wanted to drive for because of the respect it has in the sports car world.
“Now that I’ve had the chance to run with them, I love racing with and for ESM. It has been a great experience so far. They’ve been very helpful and work to make the car better with each session. This is a great environment to be in and I feel privileged to be part of ESM.
“I raced at during the ALMS race at Road America in the GTC class last year. We were running in the top three but had to pit near the end for a splash of fuel and finished in sixth place.
“I’m still getting used to the handling of the prototype car through the corners since I’m used to a non-downforce car. Road America is a real fast track with a lot of straightaways but some real high-speed corners with The Carousel and The Kink. It will be fun to see how fast and how hard we can push the car on the track.”