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Mother-Son Team Driving for Wright Motorsports in Rolex 24

By Chris Jasurek
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 20, 2013 Last Updated: January 23, 2013
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The No. 62 Wright Motorsports Porsche has a strong driving team including the first ever mother-son pairing at in Rolex 24 history. (Chris Jasurek/The Epoch Times)

The No. 62 Wright Motorsports Porsche has a strong driving team including the first ever mother-son pairing at in Rolex 24 history. (Chris Jasurek/The Epoch Times)

Wright Racing has teamed up with Snow Racing to create a historic team for the 2013 Grand Am Rolex 24 at Daytona.

For the first time in the 51-year history of the event, a mother and son will be sharing a ride in the Rolex.

Melanie Snow, at 40, has had seasons of success, including a class win with her husband Martin in the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1999. Since then, Snow Racing has raced in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and ALMS GTC class, with Melanie winning the 2009 GT3 Cup Gold class championship and Melanie and Martin becoming the first husband-and-wife team to take an ALMS class win in the newly introduced Challenge class that same year.

Son Madison, 17, is one of four children and already a successful racer in his own right, having won the 2011 GT3 Cup Gold title at age 15. Madison started karting at age 5, moved up to spec Miatas at 14, and at 15 won a class championship in his first year driving a GTC Porsche.

This mother-son team will be joined by three very talented Porsche pilots in the Wright Motorsports Porsche at Daytona: Sascha Maassen, Marco Seefried, and Klaus Bachler.

Sascha Maassen, 43, has two GT wins at Le Mans and has four class wins at the Sebring 12 Hours and five at Petit Le Mans. He has won the ALMS GT title twice and the P2 title once, along with one FIA GT championship.

Marco Seefried, 36, is a driver and driving instructor who recently led much of the 24 Hours of Dubai in an A6-Amateur class car against the A6-Pros. Klaus Bachler is the youngest of this trio at 21; he started as a driving student of Seefried’s, and advanced to Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

All five drivers participated in the Roar Before the Rolex 24 on Jan. 4–6, completing 279 laps and running in the top five most of the time.

“There were 12 hours of testing available, and we put 11 hours on the car,” said Wright Motorsports owner John Wright, in a team press release. “The car was strong; we were fast at the test. All the drivers showed good pace; there isn’t a weak link in our driver line-up, and the team is gelling nicely.”

Wright Motorsport just wrapped up a phenomenal year in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge, winning 11 of 15 races. The team hopes to extend that streak of success through to the start of the 2013 with a good showing at the Rolex.

The 51st Grand Am Rolex 24 at Daytona takes the green flag at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Tickets are available at Grand-Am.com.

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