Darren Law - five in five Darren Law will compete in five races on two continents in the next five weeks. He will drive both prototype and grand-touring cars in two series, with race lengths from 2.75 hours to 24 hours. The Phoenix driver...
Darren Law - five in five
Darren Law will compete in five races on two continents in the next five weeks. He will drive both prototype and grand-touring cars in two series, with race lengths from 2.75 hours to 24 hours.
The Phoenix driver will start with a six-hour American Le Mans Series race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (Monterey, Calif.) on May 22, driving the No. 44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR with Timo Bernhard of Homburg, Germany, and Seth Neiman of San Francisco. Law will cross the continent for two GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series races -- a two-hour 45-minute sprint at Lime Rock Park (Lakeville, Conn.) on May 31 and a six-hour race at Watkins Glen International (Watkins Glen, N.Y.) on June 5. Law and David Donohue of Malvern, Pa., will share Rolex Series driving duty in the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype.
Law will then travel to Le Mans, France, joining Flying Lizard co-drivers Jorg Bergmeister of Langenfeld, Germany, and Neiman in the prestigious 24 Heures du Mans on June 12 and 13. Law will return to North America for another Rolex Series sprint race with Brumos Racing, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Lexington, Ohio) on June 19. He says he's ready for the challenge.
"It's a busy schedule, five races in five weekends. These are not all short sprint races -- there's a six-hour at Laguna, a six-hour at Watkins and a 24-hour at Le Mans, so that becomes very grueling to combine all of those endurance events in the next few weeks," he said. "Also, I'm switching from the Flying Lizard GT2 car to the Brumos Porsche prototype. Luckily, I'm comfortable switching between the two cars because I've been doing it for so many years now, but it's an added challenge to the equation."
The tracks are as different as the venues, requiring a different mindset for each race.
"There's quite a varied combination of tracks," Law acknowledged. "Laguna Seca is a nice traditional road course, challenging, with big elevations. Then we go straight to Lime Rock, which is very short, very quick. Traffic is going to be a huge factor there. Grand-Am has back-to-back weekends, Lime Rock straight to the six-hour at the Glen, so after coming off a really tight, short circuit, it's going to be vital that we don't have car damage and spend the entire week rebuilding the car for the six-hour event.
"The biggest variable in this is Le Mans, where everything is different -- 8.5 miles long with a lot of high-speed corners and a mixture of race track and city streets, it's really not comparable to any of the other tracks I will race on in this five-week span. The Mid-Ohio track is a traditional, but technical, track."
Tight connections will make travel logistics challenging, but experience will give Law an edge.
"I know every shortcut in every airport, I know where all the rental-car counters are, I know where and how to get through security, I know how to pack properly. All that stuff is important in trying to limit the amount of time you spend in the airport," he explained.
And if all goes well, he'll have some extra hardware to unpack when he finally returns home.
"I'm looking forward to every race and I think we have a shot at a podium in every race," he said.
Laguna Seca: The six-hour American Le Mans Series race is scheduled for Saturday, May 22, starting at 2:30 pm PT, on the 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca road course in Monterey, Calif. Practice, qualifying and the race will be covered live on ALMS Radio. Race highlights will be telecast on CBS on May 29 from 1:30 pm to 3 pm ET.
Lime Rock: The two-hour 45-minute GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race is scheduled for Monday, May 31, starting at 2 pm ET, on the 1.5-mile Lime Rock Park road course in Lakeville, Conn. The race will be telecast live on SPEED.
Watkins Glen: The six-hour GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race is scheduled for Saturday, June 5, starting at 2 pm ET, on the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen International road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y. The race will be telecast live on SPEED from 2 pm to 4 pm and from 6 pm to 8:30 pm ET.
Le Mans: Les 24 Heures du Mans is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13, starting at 3 pm CET (9 am ET), on the 13.629-kilometre (8.47-mile) Circuit de la Sarthe street and road course in Le Mans, France. Practice, qualifying and the race will be covered live on radiolemans.com. North American race telecast times have not yet been announced.
Mid-Ohio: The two-hour 45-minute GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race is scheduled for Saturday, June 19, starting at 5 pm ET, on the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The race will be televised live on SPEED.
20+ in 2010
Darren Law will compete in more than 20 sports-car races this year. The versatile Phoenix driver races the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the No. 44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the American Le Mans Series. He will also drive the No. 80 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in les 24 Heures du Mans.
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