The Snyders are a racing family, the youngest of which are rising stars, and it all started with a single day in a Formula Mazda
What started out as an outing at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving to get a racing license turned into a love affair that has blossomed into six Mazda or Mazda-powered race cars for a man and this three sons. And two of those sons were standing on the podium at the 2018 SCCA National Championship Runoffs.
William Snyder races a Pro Formula Mazda in Formula Atlantic. His oldest son, Wes, has raced a Spec Miata and now campaigns a Super Touring Lite MX-5. And 16-year-old twins Mark and Liam race Formula Enterprises and Formula Enterprises 2. Mark won the 2018 national championship in FE at Sonoma last October; Liam was runner-up to Flinn Lazier in FE2. That’s a lot to happen in the six years that William has been racing.
“I went to Bondurant to get my racing license,” William Snyder explains of how the love of Mazda race cars began. “On the last day, we got to drive the open-wheel cars, the Formula Mazdas. I loved the car because it’s raw, totally raw. There’s no power steering, there’s no traction control, there’s no power brakes. It’s just you, the car and God, and I love that feeling. So, I came back and bought one.”
Snyder bought the car from Moses Smith at Texas Autosports, who he also trained with. Soon after his oldest son got a Spec Miata. Then the twins started racing karts. But even long before they were racing cars, they were learning how to drive one and how to heel-and-toe in a Spec Miata. When they could get their SCCA licenses, they raced Formula Mazda and Spec Racer Ford, and that first year, 2017, the whole family raced at the Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.