TOOELE, Utah, May 2 - Wright Motorsports' Madison Snow, 16, and Sean Johnston, 21, dominated both races in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama series last weekend at Miller Motorsports Park.
The Batavia, Ohio-based team had three drivers in the top-five positions in both races overall, and another one posted a class win and a second to cap an incredibly successful weekend for the powerhouse team.
Snow, of Lehi, Utah, led every lap of both races on Saturday and Sunday from the pole after he set a new track record in qualifications on Friday with his Porsche, which is sponsored by Universal Industrial Sales.
Johnston, who was also under the former track record in qualifying, started second and finished second in both events. Driscoll's Berries sponsors the Mt. Shasta, Calif.-based driver.
Another Wright Motorsports driver, Fernando Pena of Minneapolis, finished fourth in both races with a Porsche sponsored by Colours, Inc.
Kasey Kuhlman brought a sixth and a ninth-place finish home to Cincinnati for his sponsors, Kuhlsport and the Motorsports Country Club of Cincinnati.
Snow's mother, Melanie Snow of Pleasant Grove, Utah, was on the podium both days too. She won the series' Gold Cup division on Saturday and finished second in that class on Sunday to give the team and her sponsor, Universal Industrial Sales, two more podium finishes.
Two other Wright Motorsports drivers also did a great job and gained valuable experience. John Ellis of Charlottesville, Va., finished 18th on Saturday and 21st on Sunday in the Sage Water No. 8.
John Baker of New York City finished 15th on Saturday in another Porsche under the Wright Motorsports Awning, but unfortunately he wasn't able to start Sunday's race.
Madison Snow carved a full second off the previous track record in quals with a lap in 1:53.759 (96.457 miles per hour) for the 3.048-mile, 15-turn road course near Salt Lake City. He also set a new race lap record of 1:54.891 on lap five of Saturday's 45-minute/24-lap race, which gave him the pole for Sunday's race too.
Snow had a 4.3-second lead over Johnston by lap 18 on Saturday. His Yokohama tires were going away near the end due to his torrid pace but he still had a comfortable 0.991-second margin of victory over his teammate. Johnston ran with no pressure either, as he was 11 seconds ahead of the third-place