Law Wraps Up Homecoming Weekend with Grand American Event at Phoenix
Grand American road racing standout Darren Law finished a double header day this past Saturday, as he raced in the Grand Am Cup Grand Sport class Luke Air Force Base 200, and then jumped into the Brumos Porsche for his stint in the Rolex Sports Car Series Racetickets.com 250 that evening. Law, of Phoenix, Arizona, finished 2nd in the Grand Am Cup and 6th in the Rolex Series event, putting on a great show for family and friends that had come to Phoenix International Raceway to see the hometown racer.
Grand Am Cup
Law's race day started with a stint in the #17 Doncaster Brumos Porsche 996 prepared by the Zoom Motorsports squad. Law's teammate David Lacey qualified the Doncaster car on pole with a lap of 1:07.517 around the tight and bumpy 1.51-mile infield road course, and started the race before handing off to Law in second place on lap 57 during a routine green flag stop for fuel and tires.
Shortly after Law left pit lane for his stint, a full course caution came out, and the race leading BMW M3 of Turner Motorsports drivers Justin Marks and Bill Auberlen was able to pit under caution. With four lapped cars separating him from the lead car, Darren set out in pursuit as the green flag flew for the restart. After some fantastic passes of the lapped cars, Law fought hard to close the gap to the #96 car, but had to settle for 2nd place as time ran out and the checkered flag flew.
As the sun set over the Phoenix desert, and with a beautiful late summer evening in store, the Grand American Rolex Series Daytona Prototypes took to the track for their 250-mile race under the lights. Law was slated to pilot the #58 Red Bull Brumos Porsche Daytona Prototype in the second half of the race, and took over from teammate David Donohue on lap 61 during a yellow flag stop for fuel and tires. Donohue had qualified 15th with a lap of 59.447, and was able to hand the car over to Law in 13th position.
Law immediately set out to make up positions armed with an intimate knowledge of his hometown track. Darren was able to make up some ground on the cars ahead of him, and by staying out of the trouble that caught many cars out during a wild second half of the race, Law was able to bring the #58 Brumos Porsche home in 8th position.
It was a long day for sure. I tried to close the gap to Bill (Auberlen Grand Am Cup race), but on the longer runs the handling started to go off a bit. It was a good race though, and finishing on the podium here with all my family and friends felt really good. I always enjoy racing here in Phoenix, and it has been a great home for me and for my family.
We really just tried to stay out of trouble in the Brumos car (Rolex Daytona Prototype race). There wasn't much grip on track, and even though it was tough, I had to be patient with the car and not make too many mistakes. I think it paid off well, as we moved up to 8th from 15th.
Pre Race Activities
As part of the Phoenix 250 weekend, Darren traveled with several drivers to nearby Luke Air Force base, where he got the chance to meet the base commander and also was able to see some of the base equipment including one of the F-16 Falcon high performance fighter jets.
The next race on the Grand American schedule is the Crown Royal 250 at the Glen the weekend of September 22.