BMW Team PTG New Driver Profiles

DARREN LAW born: April 4, 1968 in Toronto, Ont. residence: Phoenix, Ariz. family: wife Karrie, daughters Megan and Hannah 1998: SPORTS CAR -- second at Road Atlanta Petit Le Mans Darren Law started racing karts in 1979. He won the IKF...

DARREN LAW

born:  April 4, 1968 in Toronto, Ont.
residence:  Phoenix, Ariz.
family:  wife Karrie, daughters Megan and Hannah

1998: SPORTS CAR -- second at Road Atlanta Petit Le Mans

Darren Law started racing karts in 1979. He won the IKF Grand National Championship in 1982 and numerous divisional championships during his eight years of kart racing. He moved to regional Sports 2000 racing in 1986 and won the West Pro Sports 2000 Series Group B championship the next year. He raced in the IMSA Firestone Firehawk Series in 1988 and 1989, and then bartered work for a ride and won the 1990 Saguaro series SCCA regional championship. In 1991, he raced in the RAC British Formula Renault Championship for the Elden Race Cars factory team, and did all the research and development work on the factory's Formula Fords. Law joined the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix in late 1991. He competed in a variety of races in 1994 and 1995, until his friend and student, Bill Hartong, asked him to drive for Hartong Motorsports. Law drove BMWs for Hartong in the American Super Touring Championship in 1996 and 1997. Despite a limited season and budget restraints, he scored an overall win for BMW in the 1996 Detroit Grand Prix. In 1998 and 1999, Law has raced in the Motorola Cup and driven for G&W Motorsports in sports-car events including the 24-hour races at Daytona and Sebring. He first raced with BMW Team PTG at the inaugural Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in 1998. Law's father worked for Mark Donohue and Roger Penske, and later had a BMW repair business in Orange County.

CHRISTIAN MENZEL

born:  June 22, 1971 in Langenfeld, Germany
residence:  Kelberg, Germany
family:  girlfriend Nicole, son Nico

Christian Menzel started racing karts in 1984 and won the German championship in 1989. He progressed through the BMW Formula ADAC Junior Championship, German Formula Renault Cup, German Formula Three and the ADAC Super Touring Car Cup. In 1996, he won the BMW contest for young, up-and-coming drivers and became a works driver. He won the ADAC Super Touring Car Cup rookie championship in 1997 and placed third in the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. In 1998, he competed for Team Isert in the German Super Touring Car Championship and won the 24 Hours of Nrburgring in a BMW 320d with co-driver Hans Stuck.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Bill Hartong , Bob Bondurant , Darren Law , Roger Penske , Christian Menzel