Darren Law lands pole at Homestead

Darren Law lands pole at Homestead

Darren Law, driving the No. 58 Brumos Porsche Fabcar, lapped the 2.3-mile, 11-turn Homestead Miami Speedway road course in 1:15.433 (109.766 mph) to claim the pole for the Grand American Road Racing Association Rolex Sports Car Series Grand Prix...

Darren Law, driving the No. 58 Brumos Porsche Fabcar, lapped the 2.3-mile, 11-turn Homestead Miami Speedway road course in 1:15.433 (109.766 mph) to claim the pole for the Grand American Road Racing Association Rolex Sports Car Series Grand Prix of Miami.

Darren Law.
Photo by Bob Harmeyer.
"The track was decent on the line," said Law, a past GT champion, after his first career Daytona Prototype pole. "Off line there was a bit of moisture and some debris. We basically thought that we needed to get out and a get a lap in because of the track. I think it was smart to get out quick and lay one in fast." Indeed, overnight showers and early-morning mist turned the course into a slippery mixture of sand and water.

Besides Law's ability to master the slick conditions, off-season improvements to the Fabcar also contributed to the Brumos squad's first pole since 2003. "It was very important. It played a big role in how we did today. This is an ongoing process. Everyone knows that we had a bit of a struggle last year. We are constantly doing updates, upgrades, and working on the car. And this is just the first of it. So, it played a big part in today and hopefully it keeps us on a roll.

"We're ready. We want to be there. We're champing at the bit. But we're not race ready yet, and like I said earlier, this is an ongoing project. I would say it will be mid-season before we feel really comfortable with what we've got. The car felt good the whole way. The car felt really quick out of the box. We're in that top group of cars. So, it will be interesting. The Fabcar has good longevity, but the key to the race tomorrow will be the traffic."

Reigning FIA GT champion Matteo Bobbi qualified second behind the wheel of the No. 77 Doran Racing Lexus Doran. "I have to say that we were really lucky during the end of qualifying today," said Bobbi, who ended up .129 seconds behind Law. "The track was not bad. The first lap was a little slippery. And the second one was really good.

"Pole position is pole position and first row is first row. So I am very happy. For me, Daytona was a pretty unlucky race because we had some problems at the end. But first row in my second race in the United States is not that bad." Bobbi will share the driving duties in the No. 77 car with Fabrizio Gollin, who has the flu.

The Michael Shank Racing Pontiac Riley of Mike Borkowski will start third, followed by Luis Diaz in the No. 01 Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley and Christian Fittipaldi in the Pontiac Doran fielded by Bell Motorsports. Wayne Taylor's Rolex 24-winning SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley qualified 10th, one spot ahead of Jorg Bergmeister in the No. 66 Krohn Racing/TRG Pontiac Riley and two spots in front of Elliot Forbes-Robinson in the No. 4 Howard Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford.

In the GT class, 22-year-old open-wheeler Bryan Sellers grabbed the pole in the No. 61 TRG East Porsche GT3 Cup. Sellers will share the driving duties in the race with Ryan Dalziel, another young open wheel driver.

"I need to thank Peter Baron, who actually runs the team, for taking a chance and putting me and Ryan in the car," said Sellers, who drove the car for the first time yesterday. "He took a little bit of a chance with guys who were unproven in a GT car. It's definitely a new experience. The two of us have never done any sort of tin-top racing, or long distance racing. I think the longest race that both of us have done is 45 minutes. So it's a completely different ballgame for us. But we're both really excited about being here and we're looking forward to the race."

The Porsche's of Tafel Racing and Synergy Racing qualified second and third, respectively, in GT. Andrew Davis was driving the Tafel car and David Murry was in the Synergy car.

Saturday's race will take the green flag at 3 p.m., and will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Fabrizio Gollin , Christian Fittipaldi , Wayne Taylor , David Murry , Luis Diaz , Peter Baron , Darren Law , Jörg Bergmeister , Matteo Bobbi , Andrew Davis , Mike Borkowski , Bryan Sellers , Michael Shank
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Krohn Racing , Doran Racing , Michael Shank Racing