ALTON, VI (August 27th, 2017)- McKay Snow closed out his most noteworthy weekend to date with a fifth place finish for his No. 63 UIS Porsche in round 12 of The Porsche GT3 Cup by Yokohama at Virginia International Raceway.
After topping the charts in both sessions, starting from pole in both races and finishing second in round 11 on Saturday, Snow walked away from the weekend with a smile on his face.
” Obviously I’m out there every weekend to win,” Snow said, “but seeing as I got career bests across the board this weekend I can’t help but be happy with the results.”
Starting the early Sunday morning race from the front row, it was clear Snow had the pace to dominate the race. By the end of lap two, he had already pulled away from the field by 1.8 seconds and continued to extend his lead.
“Johnny Wright and his crew delivered the best car and setup imaginable this weekend,” Snow said. “My plan was to push hard and pull away so I could just cruise for the end of the race and focus on not making one of my signature mistakes. I guess I may have pushed a little too hard though and Estep was there waiting.”
Although Snow had a considerable lead over the field a quick off road trip in turn five would move him all the way back to ninth place. With roughly fifteen minutes remaining in the race, he knew he had a hard fight ahead of him.
“This was exactly what I was trying to avoid and yet I went and did it anyway,” Snow said. “I was so mad at myself. When you have that great of a car and that much of a lead it’s hard not to want to push for more. This sure taught me to handle things differently next time. ”
Humbled by his mistake, Snow started charging forward, picking off both gold and platinum competitors one by one. With five minutes remaining in the race, he made the final pass around the No. 56 of David Baker and Topp Racing, securing him a fifth place finish.
“After my mistake, I can’t help but feel thankful I was able to work my way back up to fifth,” Snow said. “At the end of the day, every little championship point counts. I really want to thank the Wright Motorsports Crew as well as UIS for giving me such a great car all weekend.”
With just four rounds remaining in The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Snow is sitting fifth in points. With just 10 points separating fifth through ninth the pressure from behind is building, making each race more crucial than the last. Tune into IMSA.TV, Scoring.IMSA.Com or @IMSALive September 14-17th for rounds 13 and 14 of the Porsche GT3 Challenge by Yokohama at Sonoma Raceway.
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