Driver Spotlight: Madison Snow
Driver, No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3
After an on/off season in GTD, how does it feel to get back to a full-time ride for 2016?
“It’s nice to know you’re there for the full season. Some people would say it’s hard to go to every race and always go for the win if you’re only there for a half-season, such as last year, but it doesn’t change how hard you push.
“If you’re going for the championship, you have to play a really smart game so you finish all the races, but at the same time, it doesn’t change anything from last year.”
How has it been in adapting to the Lamborghini Huracan GT3? Does your experience in Super Trofeo help with the transition?
“It’s definitely nice to know that I’ve driven a Lamborghini before; I have some familiarity with it. The cars are so different – the Trofeo compared to the GT3 car – I don’t think there’s much comparison between the two.
“But the Super Trofeo was one more car for me to hop in, one more car to get used to. The way I see, the more different cars you can hop in and adapt to, the better you’re going to be.”
How far do you feel you’ve come as a driver over the last 5-6 years, after having started out at such a young age?
“I can definitely see myself improving when I compare myself to my co-drivers, and they’ve all been very good co-drivers. For me, knowing how good I’m doing is just how close I am to my co-drivers and how our feedback is getting better and better.
“You can see, too, on the lap times on the track. I’ve definitely improved a lot over the last couple of years and that’s just due to having good co-drivers who have helped push me all the time.”
Do you think your new co-driver, Bryan Sellers, will be able to help with that process as well?
“He’s going to be great. I knew who he was before and talked to him a couple of times, but I really met him through Jan Heylen because they’re good friends, so I got to hang out with them and become a lot better friends.
“It’s nice to be very comfortable with your co-driver, especially before Daytona starts. It helps to know how they like to drive and how everything is. The more comfortable everybody is, the better they can do their job.
“Brian’s very fast and very capable, so I’m glad I get to be with him. Just at the tests we’ve done so far, he’s helped me quite a bit.
How has it been acclimating with Paul Miller Racing?
“It’s been great! I’m still trying to get to know all the crew guys’ names, but it’s been great to work with them and they’re all fine guys to hang out with. It’s a very good team to be with.”
With a new car in the Lamborghini, what are your goals for 2016?
“Just push as hard as we can, every single race. The car seems to be a very good, proven car, but we’ll have to see how it is over here [in North America] and compare it against all the other cars.”