Darren Law had a strong start to the 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona, but a broken axle and engine failure stopped the Phoenix driver's charge to repeat his 2009 overall win.
Law qualified the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype seventh on the 45-car grid. His lap time of one minute 41.513 seconds on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway infield road course was just four-tenths of a second off the front-row qualifying time.
Starting in heavy rain, Law and his co-drivers steadily worked up through the field to take the lead during the fifth hour of the 24-hour race. David Donohue of Malvern, Pa., Law, Butch Leitzinger of Rebersburg, Pa., and Raphael Matos of Miami all led the race, generating optimism for a repeat victory.
Trouble struck in the 11th hour, during Law's second stint, forcing him back to the garage for a rear axle replacement. The repair dropped the team from second to 14th, but the drivers continued to charge, working back up to eighth place. Sports-car legend Hurley Haywood of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., who retired from driving after the Rolex 24, completed a final, emotional stint before an engine failure took the team out of the race with four hours remaining. They finished 11th in the DP class.
"It's really unfortunate that we had the engine issue. We were fast and could have contended for the win," Law said. "I am really happy for the [race-winning No.] 9 car -- they are our good friends and previous teammates. We will now have to push very hard every race to make up some points, but I am confident we have the team to do it."
Brumos Racing, Donohue and Law head to Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., for the next GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race on March 6.
20+ in 2010
Darren Law will compete in more than 20 sports-car races this year. The versatile Phoenix driver will race the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. He will also race in the American Le Mans Series GT2 class, driving the No. 44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
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