Austin Snader was born in Houston, Texas in 1991. He demonstrated a natural driving ability since he first held a steering wheel. Growing up on 9 acres in rural Fort Bend County allowed Austin to spend much time on go-carts, dirt bikes and 4-wheelers. Austin currently runs his own MX-5 / Miata parts business in Sealy, Texas. He is a hands-on driver guided by his dad, Tom Snader.
Pirelli World Challenge:
- Austin’s 2014 professional race debut resulted in a Fifth place finish at Barber Motorsports Park in the Snader Racing / Evert Fresh Fiat 500.
- The 2015 season initiation at Circuit of the Americas garnered the 9th position in standings after 3 races in the Snader Racing / Encapsulite MX-5.
- Runner Up in the 2009 Southwest Division Points Standings
- Third place in the 2009 National rankings In E-Production
- Fifth place finish at the 2009 SCCA Runoffs, advancing more positions than any other E Production driver. Youngest driver
- Runner Up 2010 Southwest Division Points Standings
- 4th place finish at 2011 Runoffs
- Fifth place E-Production National ranking in 2011
- 4th place finish at 2012 Runoffs
- GoPro Move of the Race at 2012 Runoffs
- 2008 SCCA Regional Points Runner Up for the Southwest Division, Formula Mazda
- 2008 SCCA National Points Runner Up for the Southwest Division, Formula Mazda
- Seventh Place Finish in First Appearance at the SCCA National Runoffs in October 2008, Youngest Driver in 2008 SCCA Runoffs
- Rookie of the Year for the Houston Region SCCA
- Rookie of the Year for Southwest Formula Mazda Series
- Champion Southwest Formula Mazda Series 2008
- Drove and won first open-wheel debut at Firebird Intl. Raceway November, 2005
- Two first place finishes at open-wheel debut - Firebird Intl. Raceway November, 2005
- 60cc - 2001 SCKC Championship Runner-Up
- 80cc Sr. - 2005 Southwest Division Champion
Snader Racing has always been a father/son endeavor. It has morphed from karting to Pirelli World Challenge, which is a natural spring board into professional racing for Austin. He dove right in to the TCB class with the last minute purchase of a Fiat 500. Austin’s focus his first year in a professional racing series was to understand how things work as a professional driver. Learn the series, learn the people, and success will come down the road. Fortunately It did not take long for Austin to find himself within the top 5 of a strongly competitive field his first event.
Moving forward to current times, Snader Racing with their bag full of knowledge opted to move into World Challenge’s Touring Car class. Naturally a Mazda MX-5 was the answer to the questions they never had. A car fit for a skilled driver. A platform very familiar to Austin with his years of previous knowledge in an RX8 made for a very easy transition. Not the fastest but the most responsive, backed by Mazdaspeed Motorsports should yield a year filled with success.
A Little History:
Austin’s dad took him to watch his first kart race at age 9, Austin was badly bitten by the race bug. Starting in 60cc jr shifters, he migrated to 80cc seniors, finishing his last year in karts as the 2005 Southwest Region champion. Austin ran both sprint and road tracks in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.
With karting success, Snader Racing pursued bigger, faster rides. They opted for the Formula Mazda, negotiating a test and race in an FM with Moses Smith at Phoenix Firebird International Raceway. Austin ran his first FM race weekend, winning both days. A Star Formula Mazda was purchased from Moses Smith Racing. After acquiring his SCCA national license, Austin began the 2008 race year participating in the Southwest Formula Mazda Series, sponsored by Texas Autosports, Inc. His driving skills led him to the Series Championship and the SCCA Southwest Division Rookie of the Year award.
Snader Racing moved to the E Production class in the 2009 season. Austin and his dad converted a Grand-Am Koni Challenge RX-8 to the specs of an SCCA Club Racing E Production car. He took well to driving fendered cars, finishing second in the SCCA Southwest Divisional Championship to the late Tom Thrash. 2009 brought the National Championship Runoffs to Road America in Wisconsin. In an attempt to predict race weather, Snader Racing made the last minute choice to run rain tires, as already ½ the field of 38 had done. Changing slicks to rains on the grid while the field made their warm-up lap took Austin from pit lane to a fifth place finish.
In 2010, Austin again contested the RX-8 in E Production, finishing second in the Divisional Championship, but ran into some problems at the Runoffs. He was determined to make 2011 his most successful season yet. The team ran into mechanical issues throughout the year, but made the most of their misfortunes by bringing home a fourth place finish at the Runoffs. 2012 garnered similar results with a 4th place finish at the Runoffs. A pass on the last lap at the Kink at Road America resulted in the Go Pro Move of the Race. A free Go Pro camera soon followed. Two years later, it was onward to Pirelli World Challenge.
Austin is a regular instructor at MSR Houston in the SCCA, teen safety, and Law Enforcement Peformance Driving Schools. He has also instructed for Lamborghini of Houston on the MSR Houston road course.
He continues to work toward his long-term goals, which is a full time GT ride in the Pirelli World Challenge. He credits his dad for getting him this far and expresses his gratitude, “I am thankful to Dad for everything. He got me going, and keeps me going.”
On a personal note, Austin's favorite race tracks include: Virginia International Raceway, Road America, Road Atlanta and Circuit of the Americas. His favorite racecar is a Riley Ford Daytona Prototype, and driving an Australian V8 Super Car is on his bucket list.