IMSA GT3 Clinched By A 15-Year-Old Driver Who Can’t Legally Drive Yet

By | September 20, 2011

Madison Snow

This weekend, Madison Snow clinched the 2011 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge at the series’ stop at Laguna Seca. At first this would sound like just another champion driver winning their series until you find out that Madison isn’t even old enough to legally drive. He’s 15.

So how does a kid who doesn’t own a driver’s license come to win one of the most intense race series in the world? First, the name Snow should sound familiar to those who follow motorsport. Madison is the son of Melanie Snow, a local veteran racer from Pleasant Grove who just got drafted into the first all-women driver crew in ALMS history. His family has a history and we think it’s a safe bet to assume he’s living up to their speed-filled expectations.

Secondly, Madison was brought up behind the wheel of a kart. He is a product of numerous karting series at Miller Motorsports Park, which eventually lead to numerous sessions behind the wheel of a Mustang at the racetrack’s Ford High Performance Racing School. Looks like he paid attention well, because on Sunday Snow drove his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup over the finish line to clinch the title well before the end of the season thanks to a full 47-point lead over the series’ second place driver. That’s not a win. That’s a landslide. He’s even got one more race at Road Atlanta, one that he says he’ll be able to “just have fun out there.”

Wouldn’t it be funny if he failed his driver’s test?

[Chad Waite | Photos: Mike Gillilan]


Pete961 on September 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm.

Madison is exceptionally talented, whether it’s driving go carts, snowmobiles,motorcycles or cars, he adapts to anything with wheels and a motor, especially cars, which is ovious, I could not be prouder of him especially since he is our great grandson. way to go Madison and congratulation

Love you, Grandpa & grandma

AJ Wilcox on September 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm.

Pete, thanks for commenting! Your relationship to Madison is awesome. We’re excited for him too. My only complaint is that if he’s capable of driving a race car, the state of Utah should give him an honorary driver’s license. Go Madison!

Racegirl on September 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm.

He did an awesome job! Had some tough battles all year but stayed strong. So young with so much still to learn, this is only the beginning.

Uncle John on September 21, 2011 at 7:25 am.

I would expect nothing less:)  M & M you both are wonderful parents and what an opportunity you have given Madison, but let’s not forget about my little girl:)  Uncle John

Beazhouse1 on September 22, 2011 at 11:04 am.

Watching him race all season, I’m not surprised.  He absolutely deserves the title.  He’s a great kid with lots of talent!

AJ Wilcox on September 22, 2011 at 11:12 am.

The Daily Derbi is super excited about all the support for Madison! Thanks everyone for your comments. Good job Madison! We’ll keep rooting for you!

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