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The Mid-Ohio School Names Todd Snyder Chief Instructor

Former racer and instructor has nearly 30 years of motorsports experience

LEXINGTON, OHIO (February 1, 2012) – The Mid-Ohio School named former racer and longtime driving coach Todd Snyder to the role of chief instructor today.

Snyder will oversee The Mid-Ohio School’s course curriculum for its 18 riding and driving programs and manage the instructors and coaches. He will also serve as a lead instructor dozens of days throughout the year. Snyder comes to Mid-Ohio after 21 years at Skip Barber Racing School. He joined Skip Barber in 1990 as a lead instructor. In 2004 he assumed the position of vice president of competition. In that role, Snyder managed both the amateur and professional series that included nearly 90 races annually.

“I am very excited to be joining The Mid-Ohio School and facility. Mid-Ohio is one of the premiere road courses in the country with a long, deep history in the motorsports community, and the school is renowned for its instructors, curriculum and training techniques. I'm especially excited about working with the Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program as it’s teaching more teenagers how to be safer, better drivers,” said Snyder.

Snyder has nearly three decades of experience in motorsports beginning at 18 when he started as an amateur racer in Alaska. He has competed in multiple open- and closed-wheel championships, including Indy Lights and three appearances in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Snyder has competed in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge the last several years.

“We are thrilled to be adding someone of Todd’s caliber to our Mid-Ohio School team,” said Craig Rust, Mid-Ohio president. “His business background as well as being an accomplished racer and instructor, makes Todd uniquely qualified to help us continue the positive growth trend of the school.”

Each year since 2006, The Mid-Ohio School has achieved steady financial growth in an industry that has been challenged by the slowed economy. Annual enrollments have more than doubled since 2003, and it was the first national school to offer both two- and four-wheel programs.

The Mid-Ohio School provides professional driving and riding instruction to drivers and motorcyclists of all skill levels. The school’s 16 automobile courses include Defensive Driving, High Performance and Racing programs. The motorcycle side features a pair of Performance Track Riding formats. Students enjoy classroom sessions, skill drills, expert private instruction and lapping on the same track that challenges the world’s top racers. In 19 seasons, The Mid-Ohio School has 46,000 graduates, including 14,500 teenagers and 9,000 motorcycle riders.
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