ALMS driver Melanie Snow has made headlines as Porsche’s sole woman race car driver. She is both team manager and driver for her family business, Snow Racing. She was class winner at the 12 hours of Sebring in 1999, IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Championship in 2009 and ALMS GTC class championship in 2009. She met her husband at a Porsche Club race, who is also a driver. They are the only husband and wife team to win their class at 12 hours of Sebring. They have four children. Their son Madison also competes for Snow Racing.
1. What's the best advice someone gave to you for racing? What advice do you give your students?
The best advice I have received "keep things in perceptive and remember why you race." I tell the students I instruct to remember to enjoy themselves. Take everything in, learn from it all and have a good time.
2. How did you get involved in motor sports?
My grandfather raced in the Porsche club and got me involved with him. I met my husband at the racetrack and our lives became centered around racing.
3. How do you not worry as a mother in the car, or watching your husband and kids from the sidelines?
It is easier when I am in the car racing at the same time because I have to focus on what I am doing in the car and don't have time to worry. When I am sitting in the pits it is a little more difficult, I just try to trust that they will make the right decisions on the track. If something does happen, I also know what a safe car the Porsche GT3 is and know that it is designed to protect the driver.
4. Outside of racing, what are some of your other interests?
I have tons of interests and hobbies. I like to do it all and don't want to miss anything. I love playing with my kids and taking them to amusement parks, swimming with them and playing soccer with them. I also like photography, wake boarding, traveling, working out and enjoying time with my friends. I am a very social person and love to be surrounded by people.
5. Would you like to get more involved with the business side of racing?
Actually I am trying more of the business end this year. I have been appointed to team manager this year. Not only am I driving, but managing the team also. I am also trying to get into the marketing / sponsorship side of things for our team. I am currently trying to arrange for our team to be the first family to run at the 50th anniversary of 24 Hours of Daytona next year. Dad, mom and son—what a team!
6. What are your goals for this season?
This year I am just hoping to have some great finishes in the IMSA GT3 Challenge series. But more importantly to support Madison, my son, while he races in his first-ever season of the series at the age of 15. He is doing so well and is currently leading in the points for the championship.
7. What do you drive off the track?
Since I have four kids, I drive a family-size SUV. My daily driver is a Lexus LX570. Although, I have been hinting to my husband that a Porsche Panamera would be a wonderful car to drive when I'm not doing carpool.