BRASELTON, GA (October 6th, 2017) – McKay Snow closed out the Porsche GT3 USA Cup by Yokohama season from the second step of the Road Atlanta podium.
“It was definitely a bittersweet ending for me,” Snow said. “ I wanted to end my season on the top step for the Wright Motorsports and UIS guys, but a second and fourth definitely aren’t something to complain about.”
Snow hit the ground running Wednesday morning, laying down lap after fast lap, finishing the day at the top of the charts. Happy with the progress made, the crew parked the car and began preparation for then the following day that would see practice, qualifying and race 1 all within a few short hours.
Fast forward to Thursday morning and Snow once again showed just how strong he and his No. 63 UIS Porsche were. As the final practice came to a close the top five cars were separated by 5/10th’s of a second leaving Snow in the third position.
“No one was messing around this weekend,” Snow said. “ As soon as we hit the track for the second practice I realized I wasn’t the only one who’d found their sweet spot that weekend, this is the strongest I’ve ever seen the field. I knew my biggest key would be being consistent.”
Consistency, in fact, was key and Snow did a great job executing it. After laying down a qualifying lap that would have him starting third he backed it up with a near identical time.
Snow took the green for race one and made quick work of moving up into second place. He settled in and worked on hitting his marks as he looked forward to Jake Eidson’s No. 24 Kelly Moss Racing Porsche. A late-race yellow would ruin his chances of making a pass, placing him on the second step of the podium.
“That was my best race and finish this year,” Snow said. “If I had a few more laps I think I would have had him, but second was still sweet.”
As the sun came up at Road Atlanta for the final round of the GT3 season Snow knew he had to make it count. He once again had a flawless start, holding strong in the third position. However, with just eighteen minutes remaining in the race, Snow began to feel pressure from Moorespeeds No. 00, Corey Fergus. After 14 laps of clean battling, Fergus caught Snow on the last lap at the exit of turn12.
“That wasn’t the way I wanted my season to end,” Snow said. “It was pretty rough watching the podium slip out of my hands like that, but it was some good racing with Corey. It makes me hungrier for next season.”
Snow provisionally finished fifth in the championship. Although he has not confirmed his next season plans yet he promises there’s something good in the works. For updates on next season plants follow along with McKay and the whole Snow Family check out snow-ahead.com. Or give @LightningMcKay or @SnowRacing1 a follow on twitter and Instagram to get the inside scoop on a family that eats, sleeps and breathes racing.