Myatt Snider is looking forward to someday racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series alongside the likes of Daniel Hemric, Brennan Newberry and NTS Motorsports.
When not driving Late Models in the Whelen All-American Series or CARS Tour, Snider is typically found studying other aspects of the industry from media to engineering. The 20-year-old son of NBC Sports TV analyst Marty Snider believes it’s important to be more than just a driver, which is why he joined his dad in Texas over the weekend for the Trucks and IndyCar.
He spent much of his time in the TV compound, bending the ear of ex-IndyCar drivers Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell.
On Friday night, he sat atop the NTS Motorsports pit box, rooting for Hemric and taking notes as the Rookie of the Year candidate battled Matt Crafton and Daniel Suarez for the win over the final laps.
Snider has attended Truck Series events before but this one proved to be his most rewarding experience yet, given his first real exposure to IndyCar and watching Hemric, a fellow short tracker, continue to inch closer to Victory Lane after a successful career running many of the tracks Snider goes to now.
“What can I say — it was a blast,” Snider said. “It was awesome talking to Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell. I got to meet all the Team Penske drivers too. But beyond that, I really enjoyed spending so much time with the TV people, understanding what they do, and seeing how they make the broadcasts happen.
Snider doesn’t have a timeline for when he hopes to move up the NASCAR ladder but he spent the weekend networking with several teams and says he’s always on the lookout for additional partners and sponsors.
He’s won races at Caraway Speedway and Southern National Motorsports Park and is currently third in the CARS championship standings. All told, Snider has the look of a professional driver but just needs to catch a big break to get there.
“We’re always looking to move up,” he said. “Right now, we plan on racing these Late Models but I would love to race in ARCA or the K&N Series. Nothing is certain these days. I have a good relationship with (Joe Gibbs Racing) from working in their shop and with NTS — I just need to keep working on finding partners and improving myself.”
Snider doesn’t shy away from the fact that he used to be one of the most aggressive drivers in the Mid-Atlantic. While the undeniable talent was always there, it was raw, and Snider says he didn’t always have a great understanding of being selective and picking his spots.
While he’s been much improved in that category this season, nearly winning a CARS race at Orange County, he says watching Hemric at Texas gave him a new appreciation for patience at the highest level.
“I use to get in the car and just go,” Snider said. “I didn’t quite fully understand the mental aspect of racing. That’s something I’ve focused on, knowing when to do something and when not to. It was really interesting watching Daniel race on Friday and listening to the communications and understanding when he chose to make certain moves.”
While this was the first time Snider had attended an IndyCar Series event, he was no stranger to many of those who work within its paddock. He’s known Penske President Tim Cindric for much of his formative years and is a childhood friend of his son, Austin Cindric, a Sports Car and Rally driver.
Snider remains focused on closed wheels, fenders and hard contact but definitely admitted that watching Indy cars up close and personal fueled an interest in some day stepping behind the wheel of a high-powered open-wheel car.
“Of course, I would,” Snider said. “Are you kidding me? Those things look like so much fun. I’d definitely jump at the opportunity to drive one of their development cars if the chance ever came along. They are so mind-boggling fast.
“The whole weekend was awe inspiring. What they do is so different from what we do but not bad and I’d love to experience it someday.”
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