- A mother-and-son duo are set to make history as co-drivers of a Porsche GT3 Cup entry in the 51st Rolex 24 at Daytona.
- Melanie Snow, 40, and Madison Snow, 17, both have considerable racing experience.
- They will share driving duties with three others in the race at Daytona International Speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — Melanie Snow and her 17-year-old son Madison are set to make history as the first mother and son to compete as co-drivers of a Porsche GT3 Cup entry in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Snow, 40, has plenty of racing experience and has established other "firsts" in motorsport. She and husband Martin became the first husband and wife to win their class in the 12 Hours of Sebring. Patrick Huisman was a third driver for that victory in a Porsche 911 Turbo in 1999.
Madison, oldest of four children, has some racing experience already, as well. He started in karts at age 4 and in 2011, at 15, he became the youngest champion in a Porsche single-make series when he claimed the GT3 Gold Cup title.
Last year, he finished 2nd in the GT3 Cup Challenge's top class, winning three races.
At Daytona, mother and son will drive an entry fielded by Wright Motorsports and Snow Racing in a joint effort. The No. 62 Porsche GT3 Cup entry will have five co-drivers, with Porsche factory ace Sascha Maassen, Porsche junior driver Klaus Bachler and Marco Seefried as the other drivers.
It's the first Rolex start for both mother and son, but their teammates have varying levels of experience. At the top of the hierarchy is Maassen, 43, a two-time GT class winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and four-time Sebring GT champ. He has three American Le Mans Series titles, two in GT and one in LMP2.
This year's Rolex 24 is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, January 26-27. The race is the season opener for the Grand-Am Rolex Series.
Edmunds says: It's not exactly all in the family, with the international lineup of drivers. But this unique combination promises to be a highlight of the event.