Law Has Busy Weekend at VIR Grand American Event It was a busy and wet weekend of racing for Grand American Road Racing Series standout Darren Law, as he notched a 4th place in the Grand Am Cup event, and had a very strong stint...
Law Has Busy Weekend at VIR Grand American Event
It was a busy and wet weekend of racing for Grand American Road Racing Series standout Darren Law, as he notched a 4th place in the Grand Am Cup event, and had a very strong stint in the Rolex Series event with the Brumos Porsche. Phoenix, Arizona resident Law, who routinely pulls double duty at Grand American events, was especially impressive at the Virginia International Raceway venue, as he ran competitively and avoided the incidents that caught out several drivers and teams in the adverse conditions.
Grand Am Cup - Grand Sports Class
Darren's race weekend started in the #6 Zoom Motorsports prepared Porsche 996 Grand Sport Grand Am Cup car Saturday, where he and teammate Mike McCalmont, came away with a competitive 4th place finish.
McCalmont, of Ancaster, Canada qualified the #6 entry 21st on the grid and started the race with a field of some 67 cars. A full course caution on lap 7 prompted McCalmont to turn the Zoom Porsche over to Law, who headed back out on track on lap 9. Despite being classified in 45th following the early stop, Law was determined to use his knowledge of the VIR circuit to his advantage, and immediately began to work his way through the field.JJShortly after starting his stint, conditions began to turn foul as the rains that had affected much of the weekend again began to fall. Law's performance on the slick track was electrifying, and despite a total of six caution periods Darren was able to take the limited number of green flag laps and effectively work his way through the entire field. After leading the event for a brief period, Law made a strategic stop for rain tires just as the conditions began to worsen.
The stop placed Darren at the back of the field, but he was able to again work his way through much of the field. Just as Law was attempting a pass on the third place Multimatic Motorsports Mustang GT, the final full course caution flag of the race flew, and Law was forced to settle for a well earned 4th place finish as the 51 lap event ended under caution.
The VIR event marked the final race of the 2005 Grand Am Cup season, and Law, who finished 7th in the year's driver standings with three 2nd place finishes despite being forced to miss three events, was happy with results of the season.
Rolex Series Daytona Prototype Action
Qualifying for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series VIR 400 was washed out by the rains that fell for much of the weekend, and Darren started the race 7th, based on team owner points. After driving a strong stint, Darren brought the car to pit lane for fuel and tires during a full course caution period, and was classified in fourth place before turning the car over to David Donohue on lap 31.
The later stages of the race continued to show promise for a good finish for the Brumos team, but after being hit from behind during a caution period, Donohue was forced to retire. The 35th place final classification was hardly just reward for a fine race by both drivers and the entire #58 Red Bull Brumos Porsche squad.
I had a great time in both races. The rain in the Grand Am Cup race made working through the field especially challenging, but it was also a lot of fun. We almost had a podium, but just as I was getting underneath that Mustang, the double yellow came out, and I pretty much knew it was going to end that way. I'm sorry to see the season end. I enjoyed my time with the Zoom crew, and I really appreciate Mike McCalmont putting me in the seat of that Porsche. We had some great runs this season, and we couldn't have done it without the help of Greg Fordahl and Kirk Spencer.
As for the Rolex race, I was really happy with my stint. We were looking good, and the car was handling well. I feel bad about that late race issue, and it seems like we've had a hard time all season dodging that bad luck. Mexico City is next and hopefully we can have a good showing to close out the year.
Up Next / Info
The Brumos Porsche team will head next to the final race of the 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series season to be held in Mexico City the weekend of November 4th and 5th. For more information on the upcoming event, or to see more results of the entire VIR weekend, log onto www.grand-am.com.
Be sure to check out Darren's personal website at www.darrenlaw.com, and also see what's up with the Brumos Porsche Daytona Prototype at www.brumosracing.com.