Darren Law Scores Two Top Fives in Porsche Powered Endurance Machines on Same Race Weekend Porsche endurance racing specialist Darren Law raced in two different professional endurance racing series over the past week and scored two top five ...
Darren Law Scores Two Top Fives in Porsche Powered Endurance Machines on Same Race Weekend
Porsche endurance racing specialist Darren Law raced in two different professional endurance racing series over the past week and scored two top five finishes. Law's first event was with the Red Bull Brumos Porsche squad at the Brumos 250 at Daytona International Speedway, where he and teammate David Donohue finished fifth on the compressed schedule one-day practice, qualifying and race Thursday event. Law then jumped aboard a chartered jet at the nearby Daytona Beach airport and flew to Lime Rock Park in Connecticut where he took a hard fought fourth place finish in the #44 Flying Lizard Porsche GT3 RSR with teammate Seth Neiman in the American Le Mans Series.
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Law's race week started with a flight from Phoenix to Daytona last Wednesday for the Brumos 250 at the famed speedway. Both Law and Donohue were eager to take to the track, especially considering the consistent and strong lap times they were able to run earlier in the year at the Rolex 24.
The #58 Brumos was strong out of the box at Daytona, turning sixth quick time in the first practice session and second quick in the second practice session. Since the entire schedule of events had been compressed into a single day, the teams had little time to make changes before qualifying and the night race, which was held in support of the Pepsi 400 NASCAR weekend.
Law qualified fifth with a 1:45.985, in a session that was shortened by an incident that brought out the red flag for several minutes, limiting the amount of time available to post a lap in qualifying.
In another fitting tribute to Brumos team principal Bob Snodgrass who passed away earlier this year, the pre race festivities included laps of the speedway completed by an assortment of Brumos Porsche race cars lead by Brumos team driver Hurley Haywood. The two and half-hour race took the green flag at 8:11 pm EST under the lights of Daytona and the race action was intense from the start.
Law concentrated on turning consistent laps, and worked to avoid the mistakes that befell many of the front running cars. By lap seventeen, Law had assumed the lead of the race, and despite pressure from the #75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley of Max Papis, Law held the lead until he turned the #58 over to Donohue on lap forty-four after an hour and twenty-five minutes in the car. Donohue exited pit lane in fourth following the stop and started turning strong laps with a damaged car from an earlier incident. Donohue brought the #58 to the checkered in fifth, completing the race where they started.
Immediately following the race Law left for Connecticut to make it in time for Friday's morning practice of the Northeast Grand Prix American Le Mans Series event at Lime Rock Park.
American Le Mans Series Northeast Grand Prix
After a long Thursday night of racing and travel, Law jumped behind the wheel of the #44 Flying Lizard Porsche GT3 RSR for the first practice session of the weekend. Law turned the eighth quick time in the GT2 field with a 54.424-second lap of the narrow and twisty 1.54-mile Lime Rock Park track. Qualifying was scheduled following the second practice session, but was cancelled due to inclement weather, and the cars were grided based on their quickest practice times from Friday.
Law's teammate Seth Neiman took the start of the scheduled two hour forty-five minute event at 3:05 pm EST amidst a field of twenty-five cars, ten of which were in the GT2 class field. At the fifty minute mark Neiman brought the #44 Flying Lizard Porsche to pit lane for a set of fresh Michelins and some fuel, and handed the silver GT3 RSR over to Law. Darren set out to move up in the GT2 class field and began to pick off cars at a steady rate. Just past the two-hour mark Law brought the #44 down pit lane for new rubber and fuel, but stayed in the car to finish out the event. Just before the checkered, Law was able to pass the #54 Porsche GT3 RSR of Tim Pappas to take fourth, and held onto the position until the finish after one hundred-fifty-three laps of the Lime Rock circuit.
Darren Law Quote
"This was a very busy weekend but I had good runs in both cars. I had a really great race in the Brumos Prototype at Daytona. Again, we ran up front and it was nice to lead the event. It was really tough in the car though for several reasons. Not long into the race I got together with a GT car and damaged the rear spoiler, which took away a lot of downforce. I was fighting the rear of the car in both the high speed corners and under braking. It was a hard fight with Max Papis, and he raced me very clean for a long time. We just need a little racing luck and I feel we can win. The other issue at Daytona is the weather this time of year. It is so hot and humid it makes it very hard to stay focused. I am using Performance drink in the car, and I feel that really helps me stay focused and have the stamina I need in the tough conditions.
The ALMS race with the Flying Lizard team was tough for different reasons. Lime Rock is so short and tight and very bumpy. It is a lot of work with not a lot of room. I got hit several times and the car was pretty beat up, but Seth had a good opening stint and the team prepared a great car. We are very happy to come out of that race with a fourth."
Law is now sitting in sixth position in points in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series with 193. He is only nineteen points out of fourth with six races to go. With some good finishes both Darren and David have a shot at the top three.
At the conclusion of the Daytona event Law led the Porsche World Cup points battle. Porsche awards points to any drivers in Porsche powered cars in worldwide professional competition, and crowns a Porsche Cup World Champion at the end of the season. Law is currently in a very close four-way battle with Johannes VanOverbeek (USA), Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Dirk Werner (Germany).
Darren will have a busy month of July as he heads next to Iowa Speedway for the Rolex Grand American Series event the weekend of July 14-15 and then makes the trip to Alabama for the Rolex event at the immaculate Barber Motorsports Park the next weekend. During the Barber event Law will again be pulling double duty, as he will be driving the Tafel Racing Porsche GT car in the Saturday race and driving the Brumos Porsche Riley Daytona Prototype in the Sunday race.
Law's next race in the American Le Mans Series with the Flying Lizard team will be in mid August at Road America for the Generac 500. Log onto www.grand-am.com and www.americanlemans.com for info on Darren's results including pit notes, as well for info on upcoming races and television schedules.