• Sep 22, 2011
Professional racing drivers keep getting younger and younger. Every year, Formula One, for example, seems to crown a new record holder for the youngest race winner in grand prix history, and almost as often, a younger-than-ever world champion. But this story takes the cake.

Madison Snow, you see, is only 15 years old. Too young, in other words, to get a driver's license. But when he does, he'll already be an old hand behind the wheel. That's because he just clinched the Gold Cup in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge. Behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, no less – and that's no easy car to control.

In fact he didn't just win the title, he dominated it: The series isn't even over yet, but after finishing second this week at Laguna Seca, he's so far in the lead that he's already got the championship in the bag and can "just have fun" at the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta next week. That would be enough to make any mother proud, but we have a feeling Madison's mom Melanie Snow – a past series champ herself, class winner at Sebring and part of the first all-woman team in the American Le Mans Series – must be beaming.


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      MMP Media
      • 3 Years Ago
      Madison Snow is an extremely talented young driver. Yes, he's well-funded, but you have to remember that those are pretty much spec cars and he's competing against a big field of drivers who have vastly more experience. His family is outstanding; he came up through the Utah Karting Championship and the Ford Racing High Performance Driving School here at Miller Motorsports Park, and all his siblings are racing karts here as well. The Snows are like our "poster family"; they're here all the time, and they are a great asset to the motorsports community here in Utah. All of us at MMP offer our sincere congratulations to Madison, and can't wait to see how he progresses in the future.
        Mercedes L
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MMP Media
        Darn right, MMP! This is one outstanding kid. No one out there complains when a Midori gets to play a Stradivarius violin, a Michele Kwan skates to Olympic Gold, a Justin Galtiin wins Gold in 100 meter, or a young HS basketball, baseball, or football star gets sponsors to sent him to special camps for extra training. Why should Madison be treated any differently? He has talent, skill, drive and determination. And clearly, the reflexes of a young god. And he knows how to use all of them. Good on him!
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the kind of life I wish I grew up having.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fantastic. Congratulations Madison! (and Melanie)
      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Melanie Snow is a hot mom. Shot this video at the Montreal GT3 Cup. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAgxHy66EcQ She appears near the end of the video. You can also see Madison pushing his own car.
      Mercedes L
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, there's the next Michael Schumacher! Good on you, Madison, looks like getting bitten by that radioactive spider worked out!
      kmrk
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you have never driven a Cup Car you should not comment. This young man has done an incredible job in competing with many talented drivers. Congratulations on a job very well done.
      diffrunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Like father,er, I mean like mother, like son.
      Soccer Mom
      • 3 Years Ago
      To become a racing champ one requires to possess two crucial qualities: 1. Rich parents 2. Some talent
        beazhouse1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Soccer Mom
        I guess your husband doesn't get his rear out of bed at 5:00am and work 12-14 hour days so you and your kids can have extra in life...is that what makes you so jealous? Have you seen his parents bank account? Are they even paying for his racing? Have you heard of sponsorship? Obviously you are clueless to what this kid does and how hard he works at it. Go back to the soccer field...maybe you'll run into his mom there, if you knew anything about his family you may not be so quick so make such stupid comments. His mom is the coach of his sister's soccer team, instructs at the race track, races in the same series he does and is also a regular everyday mom to 4 kids. Beat that you jealous person!
      beazhouse1
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is too bad so many people have to live their lives full of jealousy rather than be happy for the success of others. Madison worked really hard to win this championship. He still had to go to school and get good grades plus dedicate himself to racing. He has a passion and his parents are wonderful to help fuel his passion. I see his mom everyday in carpool at school, she is so kind and helpful. If all of you people that made such hateful comments on here knew the family personally and the dedication this kid has you would retract your rude comments. Be happy for others, spread the joy!! Congratulations Madison!! A championship well deserved. Now go get your homework done and study for your driver's permit.
      soundbargaming
      • 3 Years Ago
      Life Goals: 1. Win IMSA series....check. 2. Apply for drivers liscense.
      Gorgenapper
      • 3 Years Ago
      That smug look alone makes me want to punch him in the face, regardless of money or age.
        Não Pirilamparás
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        I'm torn… on the one hand I don't agree with you and on the other I want to make a joke about the typical Porsche driver and smug faces… I'll just shut up then :(
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        Jealous much?
          Gorgenapper
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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      Muzaffar Musa
      • 3 Years Ago
      entering motorsport at a young age nothing when your parents have money. >_> Skill however can't be bought as easily, although it would be even more amazing to become a champion at a young age with no support from your parents.
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