Madison Snow Stepping Away From Racing

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Madison Snow has chosen to step away from sports car racing after winning the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona title. (IMSA Photo)

PARSIPPANY N.J. – Madison Snow, who captured the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona title alongside Bryan Sellers at Paul Miller Racing, has decided to step away from racing.

Snow will leave his hobby of sports car racing to focus on his current role in the family business, a role which he has held for the last four years. Snow leaves Paul Miller Racing after three seasons with the team and co-driver Sellers. Together, Snow, Sellers and Paul Miller Racing celebrated three wins, 13 podiums, and 20 top-five finishes.

“It’s a shame Madison won’t be with us to defend his and Bryan’s championship,” said team owner Paul Miller. “Madison is a major talent, and it has been amazing to watch him develop these last few seasons. He’s a great team member and we will miss him, but we understand and respect his decision.”

Now 22 years old, Snow has been involved with a large family owned and operated manufacturing business for the last four years, and has become a vital part of the organization’s day to day operations. Following his championship win, Snow’s IMSA driver rating changed from a silver to gold, altering his status from an amateur to professional driver.

For Snow, the professional race car driver status would require substantially more time, effort and responsibilities than the young businessman can currently provide.

“I had a great three years racing with Paul Miller Racing and Bryan Sellers, especially now that we all share a championship together,” said Snow. “Racing has become as much about politics as the team and drivers getting the car to the finish line every weekend. After a lot of broken promises and false hopes on the path to next year, when it became final that Bryan and I wouldn’t be able to defend our championship together due to my upgrade in IMSA driver rankings, I finalized my decision that I didn’t want to continue in IMSA. I want to thank Paul and the team for everything they’ve done, and I wish them the best for 2019 and beyond.”

Sellers and Snow captured their first win as co-drivers together in 2016 at Virginia Int’l Raceway. Together, the pair celebrated a whirlwind season this year with Paul Miller Racing in the No. 48 TOTAL Lubricants/UIS Lamborghini Huracán GT3, starting with a podium finish at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The pair grabbed the championship lead the following race following their victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring. The pair held the championship lead for the remainder of the race season, finishing on the podium in eight of the 11 races, clinching the title at the season-ending Petit Le Mans.

“From the moment Madison and I first drove together there was an immediate connection,” said Sellers. “Over the three years we drove together we accomplished a lot of great things including the 2018 GTD championship, and a win at the Twelve Hours of Sebring. I got the opportunity to see him grow as a man and as a driver. His effort and determination to continually improve is and was inspiring. I am sad that the opportunity for us to drive together no longer exists because he is an extremely talented driver, and most importantly he is one of my best friends. I support him in any decision he makes, and am thankful to him for helping me grow as a person and a driver as well.”