Todd Snyder joined The Mid-Ohio School as Chief Instructor last month after 21 years at Skip Barber Racing School. Read his bio here!
Read on for an interview with Snyder as he starts his first season at The Mid-Ohio School on March 17.
Q: When was your first trip to Mid-Ohio?
The summer of 1990. I immediately fell in love with the place!
Q: How many times have you raced at Mid-Ohio?
Too many to count! In 1998 and 1999, I finished on the podium in the Barber Dodge Pro Series. I also raced three times in a Mustang in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series (as recently as 2011).
Q: What separates The Mid-Ohio School from other organizations?
The quality of the instructors and the instruction that the students receive has been one of the things that has always made The Mid-Ohio School stand out from other organizations. The Honda products we use consistently get better over the years and are great vehicles.
Q: What were some of your responsibilities at Skip Barber?
I progressed through many responsibilities there. The last seven years, I oversaw its race series and my key responsibility was customer service - to put on the best event possible so that it was an enjoyable experience for everyone.
Q: How will your racing experience help you in this role?
It will be immensely helpful for the on-track programs. I know the track well and have been competitive every time I have raced here. Having said that, I think that working at The Mid-Ohio School will make me better and faster and I should be able to pass that knowledge on to students.
Q: How often do you expect to be instructing?
I enjoy instructing and helping people become better drivers and racers so I hope to be working during most of the programs. However, I'll have many responsibilities, so I need to ensure a good balance. I want to improve what is already an exceptional program and school and to do that I need to be working outside of the actual programs.
Q: What excites you about moving to Ohio?
The people, the track and the location. Everyone I have ever met from Ohio has been exceptionally friendly and pleasant. The track is one of the legends in the US racing community and is set in a great location. The rolling hillsides are beautiful and offer so many outdoor activities. Lexington is centrally located with Cleveland and Columbus only an hour away.