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Snow: “The Huracán GT3 is a Completely Different Car”

Madison Snow reflects on step up from Huracán ST to GT3 for 2016…

Photo: Jamey Price/Lamborghini

Photo: Jamey Price/Lamborghini

Of the four full-season drivers confirmed so far to race the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, only Madison Snow has past experience in the Super Trofeo version, the Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2.

As such, the already highly experienced 19-year-old native of Utah has provided a good explanation of the difference between the two cars as he heads into 2016.

Snow has had his first two tests in what’s been the “house” Huracán GT3, a shakedown at Road Atlanta and this week’s test at Daytona, before stepping back into the Huracán Super Trofeo car for the remainder of the week with the Park Place Motorsports-operated BAD Lambo Racing at Sebring for the Lamborghini ST World Final.

“Road Atlanta wasn’t much of a run for us as it rained the entire time. But it was nice to sit in the car and get comfortable,” Snow told Sportscar365. “Daytona, we had some decent running out there.”

“The Huracán GT3 is a completely different car than a Super Trofeo car. I can’t even compare the two cars! It’ll be nice when we actually get the GT3 car for ourselves, can go to Daytona or Sebring, get some track time, test the car.

“I definitely like the GT3 car a lot better than the Super Trofeo car. It’s more of a race car; it has little tweaks everywhere to make it better for tuning and the driver.”

Snow has his 2016 program confirmed with Paul Miller Racing, now driving alongside Bryan Sellers in one of the GT Daytona class entries. With the two already working together – Snow is a bit taller than Sellers – they’ve already gotten comfortable as teammates.

“Having had those tests allows you to now focus more on the setup of car, getting it tuned, versus getting it comfortable,” Snow said. “It makes a big difference when the driver is comfortable inside the car.

“I’ve known Bryan for a bit. I’ve loved hanging out with him. Getting comfortable with a new driver is a very important thing.”

As Snow heads into this weekend’s Lamborghini ST World Final seeking at least his second win of the year in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America season (Rounds 11 and 12 occur on Friday), he’s keen to actually drive in a race after unusual circumstances his last scheduled start at Petit Le Mans.

Snow was part of Park Place’s winning lineup at Road Atlanta, but didn’t actually drive in the race with teammates Patrick Lindsey and Spencer Pumpelly due to the changing weather conditions and question on when the race would end.

“It was definitely strange! We had Spencer start, (Patrick) got in, then I was supposed to be in next, but it looked like they’d throw the checkered at the halfway mark,” Snow said.

“I had my helmet on, on pit wall, and that’s when they checkered the race! That part was difficult, but, I will say, out of the car I didn’t want to get in when I saw how much it was raining and how good my teammates were doing.

“By then I was like, ‘You guys can have at it!’ It was not looking fun out there. Still talking to Patrick, he’s like, ‘You’re hopping in the car… you’ve got this.'”

Snow will round out his Lamborghini ST campaign this week before an expected full focus on his WeatherTech Championship commitments in 2016. If he returns to Lamborghini ST, he expects it would be a one-off type of appearance.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony

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