Madison Snow, one of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s newest champions, has decided to depart Paul Miller Racing and the sport altogether due to the implications of his recently updated IMSA driver rating.
Racing was a hobby for Snow and IMSA’s decision to change the 22-year-old’s rating from silver to gold meant his participation in the series would require more time and effort than he can provide as a vital member of a large manufacturing business owned and operated by his family.
The new rating was prompted by his role in earning the GT Daytona championship alongside Bryan Sellers in Paul Miller’s Lamborghini Huracan GT3 in 2018. The duo spent three seasons with the team and collected 20 top-five finishes, 13 podiums and three race wins as Sellers’ co-driver.
“I had a great three years racing with Paul Miller Racing and Bryan Sellers, especially now that we all share a championship together,” Snow said.
“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.”
The team reports that its plans for 2019 will be announced in the coming weeks.