Snow husband, wife enter Utah GT3 challenge

SNOW IN SALT LAKE CITY: HUSBAND-WIFE DUO BACK IN SERIES Ten years and 102 races later, Martin and Melanie Snow are hoping to climb to the top step of the American Le Mans Series podium again. The only husband-wife duo to take a class victory in...

SNOW IN SALT LAKE CITY: HUSBAND-WIFE DUO BACK IN SERIES

Ten years and 102 races later, Martin and Melanie Snow are hoping to climb to the top step of the American Le Mans Series podium again. The only husband-wife duo to take a class victory in the Series will team together at next week's Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park.

The pairing will compete in the new Challenge class, which features Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars on Yokohama tires. The Series created the Challenge class to help promote and encourage the next wave of world-class sports car teams. Now racing in a field filled with prototype and other Grand Touring cars, Martin Snow is optimistic about his return to the American Le Mans Series. He teamed with Melanie with Patrick Huisman in a Porsche 911 Turbo to win the GTS class at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1999, the first race for the American Le Mans Series.

"The GT3 Cup car is a good car and really competitive," said Martin Snow, who started 11 Series events between 1999 and 2000. "There is enough variance within the Series - the speeds are different, the braking times are different, the gearing is different - that it should make overtaking a little easier for the faster cars. But it is a good length race, and one that Melanie and I are excited to drive together.

"We have missed running with the Series and all the people that are involved," he added. "The Series, in my opinion, is the premier series in the country. It is also great to be back (and to be in the company of) Dick Martin and all the IMSA officials and safety crew who are they to keep us safe and to protect. It is a good bunch - one that you know will run it professionally and run it well.

The Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix from Miller Motorsports Park is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. MDT on Sunday, May 17. SPEED will broadcast the race starting at 10 p.m. EDT on the same day, and satellite radio subscribers to can listen to the race starting at 4 p.m. ET on Sirius 126 and XM 242. American Le Mans Radio and Live Timing and Scoring will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com. You can also follow the Series on Twitter.

The race also will include the season-long MICHELIN Green X Challenge. Tickets are available at americanlemans.com or millermotorsportspark.com.

-credit: alms

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Series ALMS
Drivers Patrick Huisman , Martin Snow , Melanie Snow