Driver Spotlight: Madison Snow
Driver, No. 58 Snow Racing Porsche 911 GT America
Do you get a lot of advice from drivers being the youngest at the Rolex 24 At Daytona? And what’s the best advice you’ve received?
“I mean it used to be something special knowing that I was the youngest. But now, I’m just used to it and now I feel like I blend in a lot with all the other drivers. Just being a younger driver in general, and newer than everyone else, everyone always gives advice and helps you out and they’re always there if you have a question or two.”
Talk about racing the Rolex 24 At Daytona with your Mom in 2013.
“It was normal; she’s always at the track so it was nothing different working with her or anything. Normally we’re in different cars so this time we had to work on the same setup and for me, a lot of the time, I just hop in the car and drive it and if it’s off I say, ‘It’s okay I can drive around the problem’. And for her, she says, ‘We need to fix the problem, I don’t like the way this is handling.’ Which is good. I need to be able to drive around the problem but also be able to fix the problem so it’s just more experience, someone else to work with, and help me improve.”
What does it mean to race a Porsche?
“Since I’ve always been in one, and my parents raced one, it’s keeping it in the family. Always knowing that there are people at the track that you can talk to, and they can help you setup media interviews, helping work on the car, or different drivers that you can talk to, there’s people everywhere and they are helpful. If I need advice or coaching, any of the other drivers are there to help me.
How do you prepare for a race if you’ve never been to the track?
“I definitely do some video games to become familiar with the way the track goes and some of the corners. I definitely don’t like those a whole lot. I just need to know if it’s a right corner, left corner, get that and then I get to the track and I might watch a little bit of in-car camera. The first session out, everybody just tries to tell me what gear I need to be in, where my throttle needs to be, all that kind of stuff, but the first session I just go out and see it for myself and figure it out. Then I look at the data and see where I need to improve, where I need to make changes to go faster.”
What do you do when you aren’t at the race track?
“I do my homework! Racing and school takes up a lot of my time but in the winter I like to snowboard. There’s a class at school so every Tuesday and Thursday I do that after school. In the summertime I motorcycle and wakeboard and like to get out do active things.”