Darren Law news 2010-08-12

Darren Law - cross-border triple Darren Law will compete in three sports-car races in two countries in the next two weeks, driving both prototype and GT cars. The Phoenix racer will drive the No. 44 Flying Lizard Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 RSR...

Darren Law - cross-border triple

Darren Law will compete in three sports-car races in two countries in the next two weeks, driving both prototype and GT cars. The Phoenix racer will drive the No. 44 Flying Lizard Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in American Le Mans Series races on Aug. 22 and 29, with a GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race in the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype on Aug. 28.

Law will start with a three-day ALMS event at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., Aug. 20 to 22, then travel to Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont., for an ALMS test day on Aug. 25. He'll drive six hours to Montreal for a two-day Rolex Series event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Aug. 27 and 28, then immediately return to Mosport for an ALMS race on Aug. 29.

The three tracks are very different, so he will have to mentally change gears for each race. Road America is the longest circuit, with 14 turns over 4.048 miles. The 2.709-mile, 15-turn Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is intricate and fast. Mosport is the most challenging, with 10 big turns in 2.459 miles.

"They're all really different," Law acknowledged. "Road America is the longest one we go to. It's very big, very open, but it has a good mix of hard-braking and long carousels. Mosport takes the most guts to get around the track. All the corners are super-fast, with very little runoff, and this leaves very little room for mistakes. There's really only one heavy brake zone on the whole track. Montreal is completely different -- it's a series of left and right chicanes. It's fast and it's fun, but it's not as fast as Road America or Mosport.

"To me, Montreal is more like a street course and the other two tracks are traditional race tracks. I'm running the DP on the tight, street circuit and I'm running the GT car on the big open tracks. Ideally, it would be the other way around, but that's the way it goes. I'm used to switching between the cars now."

Law has two added benefits this year: a test day at Mosport and SPEED chauffeurs on the Montreal-Mosport drive.

"Mosport's not an easy track -- it takes a few laps to get up to speed there because it has some really fast corners. So it will be beneficial to have seat time before the race," he noted.

"[SPEED announcers] Calvin Fish and Chris Neville are going to be broadcasting at Montreal and going to Mosport, so they're going to drive the rental car and let me sleep on the way. I get the media guys to drive me and I get a little break on the way down!"

Off-track, Law is working on contracts for 2011.

"For all of us drivers, the economy has made things tough," he said. "A lot of us are on one-year contracts, so it's time, towards the end of the season, to negotiate. I'm in the process of talking to my current teams and hopefully those will work out again for next year. The Lizards run a great GT program, obviously -- they've won two championships in a row. And Brumos runs a great program, as well, and is already building a new program for 2011."

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Road America: The two-hour 45-minute American Le Mans Series race is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 22, from 2:05 pm to 4:50 pm CDT (3:05 pm to 5:50 pm EDT) on the 4.048-mile Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The race will be telecast live on SPEED starting at 3 pm EDT and broadcast live on radiolemans.com and Sirius XM satellite radio. Live streaming and timing/scoring will be available at imsaracing.net.

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: The two-hour GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28, from 2:15 pm to 4:15 pm EDT on the 2.709-mile Circuit Gilles Villeneuve road course in Montreal. The race will be telecast live on SPEED starting at 2 pm EDT. Live timing/scoring is available at grand-am.com.

Mosport: The two-hour 45-minute American Le Mans Series race is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 29, from 3:05 pm to 5:50 pm EDT on the 2.459-mile Mosport International Raceway road course in Bowmanville, Ont. The race will be telecast live on SPEED starting at 3 pm EDT and broadcast live on radiolemans.com and Sirius XM satellite radio. Live streaming and timing/scoring will be available at imsaracing.net.

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. He also races in the American Le Mans Series GT class, driving the No. 44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

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Series ALMS , Grand-Am
Drivers Calvin Fish , Darren Law , Gilles Villeneuve