RIDGEWAY, Va. — Earlier this month, Myatt Snider, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton and Grant Enfinger all competed in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challange race at Sebring International Raceway. Snider and Rhodes shared the seat for the race, a first for both drivers.
“It was just a new perspective on the sport as a whole.” Rhodes said. “I’ve worked so long and focused so hard on the NASCAR side of things that I never really got out and saw any other side of the sport…
“Getting over to IMSA, it was a blast. It was a new challenge and learning experience but it gives you a new perspective on what you have in NASCAR and what you should be thankful for and things that you can do different and be better at.
“It was just really fun, the cars themselves were just a blast to drive. You drive them so hard all the time, you don’t really worry about abusing the tires, you just go go go. It was cool but at the same time, the competitors, they were all out the whole time.”
Myatt Snider, who is running part-time for ThorSport Racing, said the experience was a memorable one but completely different from the Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
“It was totally different from truck racing, going road course racing.” Snider said “The cars are kinda similar, I had a blast and would it again if I had the chance.”
Snider says him and his ThorSport teammates grew closer because of the experience.
“It was a team building experience for sure.” Snider said.
“We had to like really, really work together. Especially for doing stuff like driver swaps, giving feedback on the car, It was really just an eye opening experience.”
Rhodes says they plan to run another another IMSA race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in July. Until then, both Snider and Rhodes will be running the Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Martinsville on Saturday for the TruNorth Global 250.