Law Wraps Up Successful 2004 Endurance Racing Campaign
Phoenix, Arizona -- November 15, 2004 -- Back home in Phoenix after a busy 2004 season, veteran endurance racer Darren Law can take a well earned break and look back on a successful year of competition in both the Rolex Grand American and American Le Mans Series. Law was in a racecar almost every single weekend of the 2004 season, and he has quickly become an established and respected part of the endurance racing community.
Rolex Grand American
At the end of the 2003 season, Law announced that he had been selected by the Brumos Porsche race team to campaign the 2004 season in their Red Bull liveried #58 Porsche FABCAR Daytona Prototype in the Rolex Grand American series. Law, who was partnered with teammate David Donohue, had high hopes for the upcoming season, and the team's initial speed bode well for the 12 race 2004 schedule. A host of mechanical gremlins and bad luck hampered their performance, and although the team showed flashes of solid competitiveness at several venues, a thirteenth place final standings position was scant reward for such a talented team and driver lineup.
"The Brumos team is definitely a world class operation," remarked Darren in a recent interview. "We did some good testing and learned quite a bit about the car throughout the season. There is no doubt that we were quick at several of the tracks. The fact of the matter though is that the Rolex Grand-Am series has become extremely competitive, with any one of 5 or 6 teams capable of winning at any given race. Reliability cost us a bit, but having a little better luck would have been nice too."
American Le Mans Series
With a brand new for 2004 team in the Flying Lizard Motorsports operation, few would have bet that Law would be able to make a championship bid against the factory juggernaut Alex Job squad in the American Le Mans Series, and yet that is exactly what Law and teammate Johannes van Overbeek set out to do, and almost accomplished. With an impressive 7 podium finishes during the 9 round series and a win at Mid-Ohio, the Flying Lizard squad was a team to be reckoned with at every event.
"Even though the Flying Lizard team is new for 2004 with the ALMS, the people on the team are hardly new to the sport," says Law. "When I agreed to drive for the team, my decision was based largely on the fact that I knew Johannes would be a great partner, and that they had gathered together some top level people in endurance racing. Plus, you could see right away that the operation was very well funded and that they were very serious about winning. Really it was an easy decision to go with them, and I am very happy with the success that we achieved. I really have to thank the team for giving me the chance."
Mid way through the 2004 season, the editors and journalists of the well-respected English based racing periodical Autosport chose their top 10 Porsche 911 drivers from worldwide professional competition. Law found himself among this elite group of drivers, and was both surprised and gratified at the honor.
"I was very surprised when I read the August issue of Autosport and found my name listed among such a solid group of drivers. I'm happy that they chose to recognize an American in the grouping, and I'm hoping to stay in the group for 2005."
For 2005 Law has several options available to him and has already made some decisions as to where he will be. Law has decided to take an offer to stay with the Brumos organization and again compete in the #58 Red Bull Brumos Porsche FABCAR Daytona Prototype in the Grand-Am series. Due to a series of scheduling conflicts between the Rolex Grand American and ALMS calendars Law was unable to accept a full time seat with the Flying Lizard operation for 2005, but is hoping to run some of the selected longer events.
Law will also be contesting the 2005 Grand Am Cup season in a Porsche 996 in the GS category.
"I am very happy to be returning with the Brumos team for the 2005 Grand Am season," said Law. "We are planning a pretty rigorous test schedule for the winter, and I'm hoping we can gain a competitive edge for the '05 season. It is unfortunate that I can't continue my full time ride with the Flying Lizard team, but because of all the conflicting races between Grand-Am and ALMS it simply isn't fair to the team for me to miss races. However, I will probably be with them at some of the longer events like Sebring and Petit (Le Mans). I hope the best for the entire Flying Lizard crew, and have every confidence that they will be a very strong team again next year."