Many of the women I’ve written about have discussed their fathers having a strong influence in their decision to become race car drivers. Melanie Snow is not an anomaly; her grandfather was a Porsche club driver and got her interested. It will be Melanie’s children who will become the anomaly. She’s a mom, an instructor, a racer, and part of an all-female team long before we all got super excited about Heinricher Racing.
In her early career, Melanie won her class during the 1999 12 Hours of Sebring. That was one of two times she and her husband have won the 12 Hours of Sebring (the other time was in 2009). She’s been Porsche’s sole woman race car driver. She met her husband at a track, and the two created Snow Racing for their family.
She took a break from racing when her children were small. In 2007 she returned to racing after her youngest was approximately two. She didn’t take things easy. She’s both driver and team manager for Snow Racing. Her second year back, 2008, she came in second in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge. She won the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge in 2009, and the ALMS (American Le Mans Series) GTC Class (a class specifically for Porsche 911 GT3) Championship in 2009. She took a year off in 2010 but returned to the sport in 2011 joined by her son. A unique experience in 2011 was when Snow joined Andrea Robertson for the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge driving a Ford GT. The car finished the race, the team coming in twenty-ninth overall.
Snow’s son Madison has started driving sports cars, and Snow eventually hopes to have herself, her husband, and her son challenge the Daytona 24 Hours together. Her youngest daughter has just started Karting. Perhaps she’ll use a pink livery like her mom.
Pink has been my favorite color since I was a little girl. It stands out on the track so it works for me.